The government “will not shut down because of a partisan battle over spending, the Senate’s second-ranking Republican said Tuesday,” The Hill reports.
Sen. Jon Kyl (Ariz.), the Senate GOP whip, said Democrats and Republicans would reach a compromise on a short-term spending measure to keep the government funded if a deal for the rest of the fiscal year isn’t reached before federal funding expires.
"Well, the government isn’t going to shut down," Kyl told Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren in an interview that aired Tuesday night. "Nobody is talking about shutting the government down."
And if Democrats shoot down a Republican proposal to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year, Kyl said they’ll be labeled "the new party of no."
Some background to note:
Congress passed a bill in December that funds the government through March 4. Republicans have proposed a continuing resolution (CR) that would fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year that would cut $61 billion from last year’s spending levels and $100 billion compared to President Obama’s original spending request for fiscal 2011. Obama on Tuesday threatened to veto the bill if it reaches his desk.