McConnell says there's 'not going to be a government shutdown'

Mitch McConnell on ABC News
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"There's not going to be a government shutdown," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told host George Stephanopoulos in an appearance on ABC's This Week Sunday. McConnell was responding to a question about whether Democrats would refuse "to agree to a deal to keep the government open unless the children of undocumented immigrants are protected" following President Trump's decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

"That's a ridiculous idea," McConnell said. "There is no crisis. The president has given us until March to address the issue of undocumented children who came into the country ... through no choice of their own," he continued, concluding that Democrats would not leave major programs unfunded and "shut down the government over an issue that is not an emergency."

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