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.
From left, Lisa Peng, daughter of Peng Ming, Grace Ge Geng, daughter of Gao Zhisheng, and Ti-Anna Wang, daughter of Wang Bingzhang, hold pictures of their imprisoned fathers during a House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building titled “Their Daughters Appeal to Beijing: ‘Let Our Fathers Go!’”
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.