Could the U.S. be headed toward another government shutdown?

Could the U.S. be headed toward another government shutdown?

Not if Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer have anything to say about it.

The two said they were making progress on an agreement to fund the government for two years after the U.S. House of Representatives passed its budget bill Tuesday, according to a Reuters article. Government funding runs out Thursday.

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“We’re making progress,” Senator Dick Durbin, the Democratic minority whip, told MSNBC on Wednesday.

But President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he’d insist any spending package include changes to immigration laws, suggesting he wouldn’t sign a spending bill that did not make those changes.

“If we don’t change it, let’s have a shutdown. It’s worth it for our country. I’d love to see a shutdown if we don’t get this taken care of,” Trump said Tuesday during a meeting with law officials at the White House to discuss the threat of the MS-13 gang. 

The government’s previous shutdown lasted three days before Congress passed a three-week spending extension meant to give both sides time to negotiate a long-term deal on immigration and spending, according to a USA Today article. 

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