“At the end of the day, the economy would slump and people would suffer,” the Illinois Democrat said. “It’s a hard calculation to make, but that’s why we elect a president.”
Durbin also said that this is the only opportunity Democrats would have to provide another stimulus for the economy.
“We have to accept the reality [that] in three weeks the world is going to change dramatically in favor of the Republicans,” he said.
Liberal Rep. Jerry Nadler said, however, on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that Democrats should go back to the public and fight against what he called the Republican blackmail of opposition unless the wealthy get a tax break. The New York Democrat was pessimistic that the tax cuts would be allowed to expire after two years, as the proposal schedules.
“If we succumb to that blackmail now, why would I expect that the president and the Congress would not succumb again to that blackmail?” Nadler asked.
United We Dream protesters carry a mock coffin to the office of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Monday, July 21, 2014, to hold one of their "funeral services for the Republican Party" due to GOP positions on immigration. The immigration reform group visited several other Senate Republican offices to hold similar funeral services.