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Lott Weighs In On Government Shutdown

By Evelina Burnett | Published 16 Oct 2013 10:57am | comments
Former U.S. Senator Trent Lott speaking in Biloxi this week.

With just one day left before the U.S. reaches its borrowing limit, former Mississippi senator Trent Lott says he thinks a resolution  on the debt ceiling and the continuing government shutdown will be hammered out soon. The former Senate Majority Leader tells MPB’s Evelina Burnett that both sides need to come to the table and negotiate.

Senator Trent Lott was the Republican whip in the United States Senate during the government shutdowns in 1995 and 1996. He wasn’t in favor of shutdowns then and he’s not in favor of them now.

"Shutdowns really are a failure of leadership," he says. "We really shouldn't be in this. I was opposed to it in 1995 and the Senate actually stopped it after a breif period of time. Some time it takes a little extra effort to get an agreement, but you have to be prepared to negotiate and compromise."

But Lott says he's hopeful this shutdown will lead to more cooperation in the future.

"I think the next generation of leaders, whenever that occurs, in the White House and the Congress, I think they'll be better, but at least they'll be different, because they'll have seen what happens when you don't find a way to work together and cooperate, and I think they'll try to avoid what we're seeing right now," he says. 

Lott retired from the Senate in 2007.


Former U.S. Senator Trent Lott speaking in Biloxi this week.



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