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Shimkus Says Government Shutdown will Most Likely Be Averted

By Rob Sussman, WJBD News

Illinois 15th District Congressman John Shimkus says that the looming debate over the budget that could end in a government shutdown will end in compromise, without disruption in government services. Shimkus says that the Senate is unlikely to accept the Republican plan passed by the House last week that funds the Government through December 15th while defunding the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as "Obamacare". The Senate will most likely amend the budget to include Obamacare funding and send it back to the House. Shimkus says Obamacare funding won't be the only question on the table when it is sent back to the House for further amendments. 

"I don't think [Obamacare Funding] will be the only thing we vote on. I think we may end up putting a provision on to get some spending reforms" Shimkus said, "So I wouldn't just assume that if the Senate does what they plan to do that that's all we'll pick up."

Shimkus says that while recent polls suggest most Americans are unhappy with Obamacare, an even greater percentage of Americans are opposed to a Government shutdown. Shimkus says compromise must be reached.

"My constituents who have been clamoring for us to defund Obamacare will see we did as they asked. But they will also learn there is a bicameral legislative system, and that we can't force the Senate to do what we want them to do, nor can they force us to do what they want us to do." Shimkus said.

30 hours of debate over the budget is planned for each week, with each party getting 15 hours to present their side. They are expected to work through the weekend.

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