Grassley doesn’t expect government shutdown

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Iowa’s senior U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley is calling the prospect of a government shutdown Friday both “foolish” and “stupid.” 

The showdown in Washington to keep the federal government open is intensifying ahead of Friday night’s budget deadline for Congress.

Grassley says that allowing funding to run out at midnight Friday is a very bad idea, but he predicts a deal will occur to prevent that from happening.

“And it’s a foolish thing to do. And it’s been done in the past, but only a couple times in the last 25 years. So, I don’t expect that the government be shutdown and there’s a little bit of history that backs up what I’m saying now because there’s never been a shutdown of the government when both Hhuses and the presidency have been controlled by the same political party.”

House GOP leaders are expected to move forward with a vote on a bill Thursday evening to fund the government for another 30 days, but the measure doesn’t appear to have enough support in the Senate.

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