Senator Chuck Schumer says he thinks lawmakers will be able to reach a deal to prevent another shutdown — and he hopes that that deal will include a measure to prevent future shutdowns.
Speaking in Canandaigua on Friday, Senator Schumer told reporters that he thinks “odds are tiny” that there is another government shutdown.
Schumer says, in recent days, Democrats, Republicans and the president have all been working diligently to reach a deal.
As part of this agreement, Schumer says lawmakers are also working to include a measure to prevent a future shutdown.
He said, “One of the things we’re thinking of is figuring out a way to prevent any future shutdowns. So if the Senate and the president or the Congress and the president can’t come to an agreement, the government is funded at last year’s level. And that’s something we might try to do in this bill.”
A temporary deal to fund the government runs out next Friday, February 15. The government was closed for a record 35 days from late December into January, until the president agreed to a temporarily deal to fund the government for three weeks while negotiations continued.
Speaking Tuesday in his State of the Union address, the president reaffirmed his commitment to the wall.
“My administration has sent to the Congress a commonsense proposal to end the crisis on our southern border,” the president said. “It includes humanitarian assistance, more law enforcement, drug detection at our ports, closing loopholes that enable child smuggling, and plans for a new physical barrier, or wall, to secure the vast areas between our ports of entry. In the past, most of the people in this room voted for a wall — but the proper wall never got built. I’ll get it built.”
In the Rochester area alone, Schumer says 5,000 government workers were impacted by the shutdown.