RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - As the partial government shutdown nears record length, Senator John Thune is back in South Dakota for the weekend.
Thune was in Box Elder to speak with students at the Douglas High School and answer questions.
The Republican is the second ranking lawmaker in the Senate behind Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
When asked about who is responsible for the shutdown, Thune squarely puts the blame on Democratic leadership for a lack of compromise.
“Both sides have to give a little bit and from what I have seen, the president has demonstrated his flexibility on this issue. I have not seen any of that from Democrats,” Thune said. “They have said not a single dollar for the border wall and I think that is very short sighted.”
Thune was part of a meeting on Wednesday at the White House with the president and congressional leaders which proved to be unproductive.