Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pennsylvania) criticized House Republicans for pushing the country toward a federal shutdown.
“There is not a single senator in the Senate who wants this. And on their side in the House, it’s a little chaos,” he told MSNBC’s Joy Reid on Tuesday.
“The last time they did this type of thing, you know, it led to further credit downgrades,” he said. “If they want to be that stupid and do it again, they will pay in 24.”
Fetterman added that the American people will be the ones who suffer if Republicans fail to approve spending legislation to keep the government running.
“There is absolutely nothing to gain. And like I said, it’s just a little chaos caused by diminished men,” he said.
The government will shut down on October 1, putting millions of federal workers out of work, unless Congress breaks the deadlock on spending legislation.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), cornered by a right flank demanding spending cuts, failed to unite his caucus to pass the annual bills needed to fund the federal government.
The Senate is trying to pass a bipartisan bill that would keep the lights on through November, but it faces slim odds in the GOP-led House.
Fetterman pledged last week to don a suit — to reassure Republicans angry about his business casual attire — if “these idiots in the House stop trying to bring down our government and fully support Ukraine.”
At this point, just days before the deadline and no solution in sight, it appears Fetterman can comfortably keep his hoodie.
Watch the interview below on MSNBC’s “ReidOut.”