McConnell: No government shutdown this week over immigration

Mitch McConnell
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., answers a reporters question during a news conference Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in Louisville, Ky. The Senate passed the tax bill early Saturday morning with a 51-49 vote. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says there won’t be a government shutdown this week over the hotly disputed issue of protecting immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.

He insists that there’s “no crisis” and that immigration can still be addressed next year.

Speaking Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” the Kentucky Republican expressed confidence the GOP-controlled Congress will keep the government running.

A temporary government spending bill enacted in September expires at midnight Friday.

Democrats and a few Republicans have indicated they won’t vote for government funding without safeguards for tens of thousands of children protected by an Obama administration program that expires in March.

McConnell calls the Democrats’ position “ridiculous,” arguing there are more pressing matters, such as defense spending and money for a children’s health insurance program.

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