President Biden said Thursday he’d spoken to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer about the prospect of a looming government shutdown Friday, but he remained confident Congress would reach a deal to avert one in time.
“Look, I don’t believe that will happen. We have everything in place to be able to make sure there’s not a shutdown. ... I spoke with Mitch McConnell, I spoke with Schumer, there is a plan in place, unless somebody decides to be totally erratic, and I don’t think that will happen, so I don’t think there will be a shutdown,” Biden told reporters at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
Earlier in his remarks, Biden acknowledged efforts on the part of a small group of Republicans, who’ve indicated they will oppose passage of a continuing resolution to fund the government, over the administration’s federal vaccine requirement.