Senator Durbin speaks about government shutdown

By WEEK Producer

October 18, 2013 Updated Oct 18, 2013 at 9:29 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- Senator Durbin, meanwhile, was at Bradley University Friday, saying he's relieved that the partial government shutdown is over, adding he doesn't think it will happen again.

Durbin spoke to a group of business students and staff explaining how the deal to re-open the government was finally brokered.

He says he hopes the bipartisanship will continue.

The current continuing resolution only keeps the government running until mid-February, when both parties will have to hammer out yet another deal.

"The reason this broke down is that the House and the Senate both passed budgets that were much, much different, 70-billion dollars different and we didn't have a conference committee to solve our differences," said Senator Dick Durbin. "We've got to do that and I think we can. I hope we can."

Durbin's appearance at Bradley was arranged through the school's Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service.

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