King: Nobody wants a government shutdown

King: Nobody wants a government shutdown
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Sen. Angus KingAngus Stanley KingTexas senator introduces bill to produce coin honoring Bushes Drama hits Senate Intel panel’s Russia inquiry Warner, Burr split on committee findings on collusion 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 SchumerGOP Green New Deal stunt is a great deal for Democrats National emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win House Judiciary Dems seek answers over Trump's national emergency declaration MORE (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiOn The Money: Senate Dems to introduce resolution blocking Trump emergency declaration | Banks made billion in extra profits thanks to GOP tax law | IRS analyst charged with leaking Cohen's financial records Coast Guard lieutenant accused of planning domestic terrorism denied bail Inviting Kim Jong Un to Washington 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 McConnellOvernight Energy: Trump ends talks with California on car emissions | Dems face tough vote on Green New Deal | Climate PAC backing Inslee in possible 2020 run Poll: 33% of Kentucky voters approve of McConnell Five takeaways from McCabe’s allegations against Trump 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.