(CNSNews.com) - A continuing resolution passed earlier this year runs out on Friday, leaving the government without money for day-to-day operations, unless another omnibus spending bill is passed by then.
The continuing resolutions are necessary because Congress continually fails to pass regular appropriations bills.
Like most things on Capitol Hill, keeping the government funded is a partisan issue. As the price for their vote, Democrats are demanding that a "clean" Dream Act -- legal status for young people who were brought to this country illegally -- be included in the must-pass spending bill.
"That's a ridiculous position," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told ABC's "This Week."
There is no crisis. The president has given us until March to address the issue of these undocumented children who came into the country...through no choice of their own, and are in a kind of difficult spot. But there's no emergency. The president has given us until March to address it.
I don't think the Democrats would be very smart to say they want to shut down the government over a non-emergency that we can address any time between now and March. That's an very untenable position.
We need the fund the military. We need to make sure the Children's health Insurance Program, which is expiring, gets to panel before the end of the year. We have another supplemental for Puerto Rico, and for Florida, and for Texas. All of that will be in this package that we'll dealing with at some point here in the next couple of weeks.
I can't imagine that they'd want to shut down the government over an issue that is not an emergency.
"Can you keep the government open on your own?" host George Stephanopoulos asked McConnell.
"Look, there's not going to be a government shutdown. It's just not going to happen," McConnell replied.
On another topic, McConnell said he's optimistic about producing a final tax reform package in conference committee. "And we think this will make a big difference in getting our economy moving again and providing jobs and opportunity for the American people."
McConnell said "a whole lot of economists" believe the bill will pay for itself by growing the economy.. "So I'm confident this is not only revenue neutral to the government, but actually it's very likely to be a revenue producer."