Mitch McConnell Says He’s Hopeful There Will Not Be A Government Shutdown, Could A Solution Be In The Works?

December 18, 2018
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told reporters Tuesday that he does not believe there will be a government shutdown before Christmas. He told NBC’s Kasie Hunt that he was convinced there would not be a shutdown. “I think a government shutdown is not a good option,” McConnell emphasized.

McConnell said he had discussed a “reasonable” deal to continue the same level of government funding for fencing along the border at $1.6 billion, but provide another $1 billion to the Trump administration for other immigration issues, Town Hall reported.

According to Washington Examiner, Senate appropriators are considering a two-month spending bill to avoid a partial government shutdown over the Christmas break.

The measure would keep the Department of Homeland Security and eight other government departments operating until Feb. 8 and would avert a government shutdown at the end of this week, when current funding expires, leadership aides told the Washington Examiner.

The short-term solution would have the approval of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., a Democratic leadership source said. But it’s not clear whether Trump would sign a temporary funding measure.

Which may be why McConnell is so sure a shutdown is avoidable:

McConnell said he had discussed a “reasonable” deal to continue the same level of government funding for fencing along the border at $1.6 billion, but provide another $1 billion to the Trump administration for other immigration issues.

Democrats have really stretched out the 2019 budget and brought this whole thing to such a ridiculous point. This was supposed to be settled back in October.

At a heated, televised meeting last week, Pelosi firmly and repeatedly told Trump he did not have the votes – even in the departing GOP-controlled House – to approve the $5 billion he wants to build the wall on the southern border. Trump pushed back, saying it was Senate Democrats who would filibuster it, and so there was no point even trying in the House.

Trump has been burning the midnight oil to avoid a shutdown and so far he’s the only one at the table.

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