Still, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said on “Fox News Sunday” that she believes it is unlikely that Congress will reach a compromise in the four days the Senate will be in session before the current spending measure expires.
“I think we’re serious about making cuts, I think we’re serious about negotiating,” McCaskill said. “I think we can sit down immediately and begin working on that. We may need to extend slightly the current situation for a few days to get a compromise that works for the American people.”
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin said a government shutdown would represent “an absolute, utter failure.”
“We’ve made it clear from the start that that is the worst outcome,” the Illinois Democrat said, when asked on “Meet the Press” whether a shutdown was imminent.
Sen. Dick Lugar suggested on “State of the Union” that the White House should convene a meeting of House and Senate leaders to discuss the “severity” of a possible government shutdown. “This is a time for presidential leadership,” the Indiana Republican said.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.