NEW YORK — A senior Republican on Tuesday said he is not even bothering trying to revive efforts to end the federal government shutdown that has paralyzed the nation’s financial markets and threatened to disrupt the nation for the next two weeks.
Republican Rep. Kevin Brady, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, said he wants to make sure that the government does not shut down again for a week, a delay that would leave tens of millions of Americans without jobs.
But he did not explicitly rule out returning to the negotiating table.
The shutdown has also delayed some economic development projects and raised questions about whether President Donald Trump will be able to meet his economic agenda.
On Wednesday, Brady said he will hold a news conference in the coming days with members of Congress and industry to discuss what he called the “growing uncertainty” over the economy.
Brady’s comments followed remarks by Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., who said on Tuesday that he was working on a resolution to restore funds for the government.
“We’ve got a number of pieces that are very important to get back to normal,” Brady said.
“So we’re going to go forward on the legislation.
We’re going forward on everything.”
He said that in the past, he had considered going back to talks with Democrats on how to end a partial government shutdown.
But Brady said that while he could make an agreement with Democrats, “it’s not going to be easy.”
“The reality is that we’ve got to have a bipartisan agreement,” Brady added.
“The only way we’re getting there is if we can get this done.
And that’s why I think we’re focusing on getting things done, not just on the political process.”
Asked if the shutdown was a good idea, Brady did not mince words.
“It’s a terrible idea, a very bad idea,” he said.
“I think we should have a conversation about how to have the economy and jobs come back to America and the American people.”
He added, “I’m not even talking about the fact that it would be a bad idea, but I am talking about how bad it would become.”
As he has been the main focus of the shutdown drama, Brady has become the focus of criticism.
Republicans have accused him of not doing enough to help the nation and of making it more difficult for businesses to get loans and get jobs.
Democrats have also said he has not been helpful to them.
Trump has blamed the shutdown on Democrats.
But Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, have pointed to Brady as the sole reason for the shutdown.
Schumer has said he expects the government to reopen before the end of the month.
The government shutdown has hurt businesses and the economy, but Republicans have blamed Democrats for not working to get more money to the economy for a while.
They also have accused Democrats of not making enough progress on a budget deal to help them get the budget approved.
But Democrats have pushed back against Republicans’ claim that Democrats are not helping the economy or working to solve the country’s problems.
“Republicans have been trying to blame Democrats for our economic problems for years,” said Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, which is investigating the shutdown, adding that he has heard from both sides of the aisle on the shutdown and has found them both wanting.
“The truth is that Democrats have not been working very hard to fix our economy.
The truth is they are not working very, very hard at all to fix the problems in our country.
The Republicans have been working on these problems, and the Democrats have been saying they are working on the problems, not working on fixing them.””
They’re trying to get the Republicans to shut down the government, and that’s not working,” he added.