The US Senate’s embattled top Republican is predicting Congress will pass a funding measure that the president would not veto.
The government will run out of operational funding on Sept. 30. The House and Senate could be long gone by then for another lengthy break, this one to campaign for November’s midterm elections.
Since they are not due back in session until the second week of November, both chambers this month need to pass something Obama will sign to avoid another government shutdown.
Analyst say neither Republicans nor Democrats are eager to head home and face voters amid a closed federal government, especially with the Senate hanging in the balance. That’s especially true of McConnell, who is locked in a tight re-election fight in the Bluegrass State.
Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., signaled Wednesday that lawmakers almost surely will this month pass a shutdown-averting bill that Obama will sign.
“The only people talking about a government shutdown are the Democrats and nobody has any interest in doing that. So I think we’ll pass a clean CR [continuing resolution] that would operate the government probably into December,” McConnell said during a Fox Business Network interview. “And that will be the height of the drama. Not much drama on that issue.”