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Politics McConnell vows the government will not shut down

23:50  12 december  2017
23:50  12 december  2017 Source:   cbsnews.com

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed Tuesday that the government would not shut down in the next few weeks as Democrats and Republicans "I think the American people need not worry that there's going to be any kind of government shutdown ," he said. "I sense the Democrats don't

Republicans and Democrats are negotiating a budget deal to lift spending caps and a government spending package.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) speaks during a press conference after a closed-door Senate GOP conference meeting on Capitol Hill, on June 27, 2017 in Washington, D.C.: gettyimages-802099674.jpg © Getty gettyimages-802099674.jpg

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed Tuesday that the government would not shut down in the next few weeks as Democrats and Republicans negotiate year-end deals on government spending.

"There isn't any chance that we're going to shut the government down," the Kentucky Republican told reporters at a press conference. 

Both parties are in discussions, McConnell said, over a deal to lift spending caps set by a 2011 law and "the way forward on appropriations."

"I think the American people need not worry that there's going to be any kind of government shutdown," he said. "I sense the Democrats don't want to do it and we don't either."

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(1 Feb 2018) Speaker of the House Paul Ryan says another continuing resolution will probably be passed next week as lawmakers rewrite an appropriations bill.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday that he is confident there will not be a government shutdown over partisan disagreements about immigration issues when funding runs out at the end of the week.

Afterward, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, said that "negotiations are advancing well" over government spending issues, but he suggested many issues remain unresolved.

"We must lift the spending caps for defense and also those urgent domestic priorities in equal measure," he said.

Schumer claimed that the conservative Freedom Caucus in the House is pushing a "CRomnibus" which involves a CR, or continuing resolution, and an omnibus spending package. A CR maintains current spending levels while an omnibus appropriates new funding. Schumer said that Senate Democrats will quickly reject such a proposal if it comes to the Senate floor for a vote.

"[Paul Ryan will] be walking right over the cliff to a Republican government shutdown," Schumer said.

House and Senate members passed a two-week funding extension last week that expires Dec. 22 and Republicans are planning to introduce a second short-term measure that would keep the government funded into January. 

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell used a holiday season press conference Friday to deliver a lump of coal to the former White House adviser.McConnell, R-Ky., made the remark 10 days after the Bannon-backed Roy Moore lost a special election to Doug Jones, giving Democrats their first victory in an Alabama Senate race in a quarter-century. Moore faced multiple allegations of improper conduct with teenagers decades ago and touted extremist views that repelled many women and minorities.

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