Senate GOP Leaders: Shutdown May Last for Weeks
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Two top Republicans in the Senate indicated on Tuesday that the partial government shutdown may last for weeks, forcing Congress to deal with passing a short-term resolution to fund the government while also negotiating an increase in the debt ceiling.
Non-essential elements of the federal government shut down on Tuesday, and the country is set to hit its debt limit around October 17.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. John Thune (R-SD), who is also a part of the Republican leadership in the Senate, both said they would prefer to end the government shutdown before negotiating an increase in the debt limit.
“I’d like to resolve the current issue before we move on to the debt limit, but it’s not clear to me when that gets resolved,” McConnell said on Tuesday.