Another shutdown of the federal government isn’t likely to happen, according to U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).  Congress is already working on a short-term spending bill that will fund the government until December—past Election Day.  Durbin says that’s likely the motivation to get something done.  “I don’t think the Republicans in Congress want to remind America that they shut down the government of the United States of America,” Durbin said. 
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“If they did it again before this election, they’d paid for it dearly on Nov. 4.”  Last year’s partial shutdown lasted 16 days, and has been blamed for a drop in approval ratings for Republicans in Congress.  Congress has until Sept. 30 before government funding expires, but Durbin expects a spending bill to be up for a vote within the next two weeks.
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