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

"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."

McConnell also addressed the Alabama Senate race in which the GOP candidate, Roy Moore, has been credibly accused of sexual assault. "I'm going to let the people of Alabama make the call" of whether Moore should be in the Senate, McConnell said. Should he win, McConnell added, the "ethics committee will have to consider the matters that have been litigated in the campaign." Watch the full interview below. Bonnie Kristian