Former Bush adviser Karl Rove says Congress ‘is in terminal decline’

As Congress is set to consider a spending bill to keep the government operating past the current March 4 deadline, anchors and commentators are weighing in with their thoughts on the partisan battles that have haunted the federal government for months, and are poised to continue.

-Karl Rove (former White House senior adviser to President George W. Bush):

“The big positive is that Republicans are saying we will continue to try to get things done.”

-Mark Salter (a top aide to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.):

“I’ve never seen this sort of impasse in the budget process. And I’ve been doing this forever. I’ve never seen a lack of leadership from the president.”

-Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)

“I’ve been to Pennsylvania Avenue many times, and I’ve never heard a word from the White House about negotiating. I’ve never heard any adult supervision of negotiations.”

-Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas)

“Given how the Congress is dealing with the continuing resolution right now, it’s becoming apparent that – at least going forward into the next fiscal year – the following Congress is not going to be able to pass a full fiscal budget. And that would be a disaster, not just for our country, but a disaster for our republic.”

-Ari Fleischer (former White House press secretary under President George W. Bush):

“When you’re at a critical point – and for it not to be that way, they would have had to work with Ted Cruz and Mike Lee – but the Senate is right now completely unproductive. It seems like a country and a party in terminal decline.”

-Laura Ingraham (radio host and former FOX News analyst):

“Right now, a lot of the fight over the U.S. government funding is around, what I call, the anchor system, the pivot system. That’s where the Democrats are at. They’re trying to push the GOP and Speaker Boehner off on a path that they don’t want to go on. The problem, of course, is that there are enough things we can do as Republicans in the House and in the Senate to get this work done. And if we just actually put our collective foot on the pedal to go get it done, we’d get it done.”

-Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas):

“I don’t think you should be blamed for the process in which you get there. You should be blamed for whether the work gets done or not.”

-Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.):

“The U.S. Senate is as dysfunctional as the U.S. Congress in general, and for the entire 114th Congress. We always knew that.”

-Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.):

“You’ve got 46 different groups that want something, and the only way you can actually get an agreement is to have one group come to the table. So, we’ve tried one group of things and that failed, so the only ones left are basically is the McConnell-Ryan-Reid formula.”

-Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah):

“If you don’t have a solution to the immigration problems, you can’t have these economic problems.”

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