Government Shutdown Could Help Democrats, Van Hollen Says

Van Hollen is the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The top Democrat on the House Budget Committee said Friday that another government shutdown over funding for Planned Parenthood could help his party win seats back from Republicans who dominate the Congress next November.  

"It's something that would be bad for the country, putting politics aside,” Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., told reporters at the Christian Science Monitor Breakfast. For House Republicans, “In this case, what happens to be bad policy happens to be bad politics,” he said. The 2013 shutdown over funding Obamacare was only a peripheral issue in the 2014 election when Republicans won back the Senate and strengthened their majority in the House.