McConnell: There will be no government shutdown

McConnell: There will be no government shutdown
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Senate banking panel showcases 2020 Dems | Koch groups urge Congress not to renew tax breaks | Dow down nearly 400 | Cuomo defends Amazon HQ2 deal GOP senator accuses fellow Republican of spreading ‘fake news’ about criminal justice reform bill The Hill's 12:30 Report - New White House threat to Acosta's press pass | Trump defends criticism of McRaven | Hamilton biographer to headline WHCA dinner MORE (R-Ky.) said Sunday that there will not be a government shutdown over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, arguing “there is no crisis.”

“Look, there’s not going to be a government shutdown. It’s just not going to happen,” McConnell told ABC’s “This Week.” 

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McConnell argued that since President Trump has given Congress until March to work on a fix to DACA, there is no emergency that would require a shutdown.

“I don’t think the Democrats would be very smart to say they want to shut down the government over a non-emergency that we can address any time between now and March,” McConnell said. “That’s a very untenable position.”

“I can’t imagine that they want to shut down the government over an issue that’s not an emergency,” he added.

The Trump administration in September announced that it would end the Obama-era program, which shields young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children from deportation, with a six-month delay to provide Congress with a window to address the issue.