King: Nobody wants a government shutdown

King: Nobody wants a government shutdown
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Sen. Angus KingAngus Stanley KingCollusion judgment looms for key Senate panel People have forgotten 'facade' of independent politicians, says GOP strategist Senate poised to confirm Kavanaugh after bitter fight MORE (I-Maine) said Sunday that no one on either side of the aisle in Congress wants to shut down the government, which will soon run out of funds.

“I don’t sense — nobody wants to shut down,” King told CBS’s “Face the Nation."

“I don’t sense that that is going to come, unless it’s through mutual misunderstanding between the two sides," he said.


King’s comments come after President Trump last week cast doubt on the possibility that Republicans and Democrats will reach a deal to keep the government funded.

“Meeting with ‘Chuck and Nancy’ today about keeping government open and working,” Trump wrote on Twitter, a move that ultimately caused Democratic leadership to back out of the planned gathering. He was referencing Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMcConnell says deficits 'not a Republican problem' Medicare for All is disastrous for American seniors and taxpayers Senate Dems race to save Menendez in deep-blue New Jersey MORE (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiElection Countdown: O'Rourke goes on the attack | Takeaways from fiery second Texas Senate debate | Heitkamp apologizes for ad misidentifying abuse victims | Trump Jr. to rally for Manchin challenger | Rick Scott leaves trail to deal with hurricane damage Republicans should prepare for Nancy Pelosi to wield the gavel Pelosi calls Trump’s desire for border wall a ‘manhood issue’ MORE (D-Calif.).

“Problem is they want illegal immigrants flooding into our Country unchecked, are weak on Crime and want to substantially RAISE Taxes. I don’t see a deal!” Trump added.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP leaders hesitant to challenge Trump on Saudi Arabia Overnight Health Care — Presented by Purdue Pharma — Trump officials ratchet up fight over drug pricing | McConnell says Republicans could try again on ObamaCare repeal | Dems go on offense against GOP lawsuit Republicans should prepare for Nancy Pelosi to wield the gavel MORE (R-Ky.) said Sunday that there will not be a government shutdown, arguing it would not be in Democrats’ best interest to push for one.

“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, referencing a potential threat over action on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

“That’s a very untenable position," he said.