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No Shutdown Drama: Govt Spending Vote Likely to Be 'Clean'

By    |   Tuesday, 09 Sep 2014 11:33 AM

The chairman of the House Appropriations Committee says this time there will be no dramatic government shutdown as Congress works to approve a continuing resolution on stop-gap government funding, The Hill reports.

"I think it will pass. It should be non-controversial," Rep. Hal Rogers, a Republican from Kentucky, said ahead of full discussions with his conference Tuesday morning.

"This will be a clean CR," he told The Hill. "We're trying our best to keep this bill as clean as we can, because we want to avoid a shutdown."

Forbes noted the unlikelihood that any issue would put Congress back into the shutdown mode that angered so many last October when government halted for two weeks amid political infighting, mostly about cutting funding for the Affordable Care Act, and congressional inaction.

Now, one year later, Congress is back on the hook and must return a new spending bill for the short term to keep government running after Sept. 30.

The reasons no shutdown will happen this year, Forbes reported, were clear and bipartisan.

"The House Republican leadership is especially eager to avoid a shutdown this fall that will remind independents and moderate Republicans just a month or so before the election of one of the lowest points in the congressional GOP’s approval rating of the past few years," Forbes reported. "The White House has backed off taking any executive action on immigration — the issue that is most likely to restrengthen talk about a shutdown — until after the election."

Added Republican strategist John Feehery to CBS News, noting the political timing for both parties: "There will be no government shutdown this fall. That hurts every incumbent on both sides of the aisle, so it won't happen."

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