Meet the Press   |  January 26, 2014

Durbin: 'New Bipartisan Spirit' in Congress

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin talks about progress on inter-party cooperation on Capitol Hill.

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>> accountability time for president obama . tough year in 2013 at the state of the union last year, what were the big issues? it was gun control, immigration, raising the minimum wage. didn't get any of those. what's different in this year? i hope that what we saw with the budget agreement at the end of last year and the beginning of this year is an indication of a newbie partisan spirit. we need it on capitol hill . paul ryan , republican from wisconsin, patty murray , democratic senate budget committee chair sat down and hammered out a budget and then barbra mikulski and congressman rogers put together the spending bill, an amazing break through. and at one point, speaker boehner will to stand up to his tea party republicans and say i know it's a compromise, we're going forward. if he continues in that spirit, maybe we'll get a farm bill after waiting for two years.

>> do you get an increase in the debt ceiling without a fight?

>> the president's position is clear. we should not play russian roulette with america's economy. we shouldn't jeopardize this economic growth and kill off jobs because of political squabble. we went through the eight 16-day government shutdown because senator cruz and a lot of right wing republicans thought that was a good thing to do. it was a disaster. i hope they don't repeat it again