Republican representatives Lindsey Graham and Mark Sanford have said they’re skeptical about declaring a government shutdown if Democrats don’t agree to a continuing resolution to keep the government funded, saying they don’t want to give Democrats an excuse for a shutdown.
But Republican Congressman Joe Donnelly said Wednesday night that a shutdown could happen. He also answered, “I could vote no on a CR at the current price and I could hold out in negotiations to get more money,” mentioning Trump’s remarks that the infrastructure package, which hasn’t been detailed, would cost $1 trillion.
CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski asked congressman Mike Braun, a Republican candidate for Senate, why the government might shut down as a result of the spending package. Braun responded, “well, because the Democrats are telling us that they want more than one Democrat voted for the measure.”
Donnelly said he did not expect to see a government shutdown come Sunday if Democrats do not agree to a continuing resolution and a new short-term funding measure.
“My expectation is that this will pass, that the government won’t shut down, and I’m hopeful that Democrats will, too,” he said.
When asked if he’d support voting for a continuing resolution to keep the government funded “at this cost,” Donnelly said, “to the best of my knowledge, if you call it a continuing resolution, then I’ll support that.”
He added that he would not “try to sugarcoat the current price we’re paying.”