Sen. Mike Johanns worries Congress might not have enough time to complete its work and keep the federal government funded as it enters a new fiscal year.
At present, members of Congress are back home during their August break. They return to Washington next month, just prior to the end of the fiscal year September 30th.
“When we get back, we have about three weeks, not very many legislative days, to deal with the end of the fiscal year and if you don’t have something done, a continuing resolution or a budget or something then the government literally shuts down on October first,” Johanns tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Johanns says this is not something Congress can evade or put off.
“This is a hard deadline. It’s not like we can say, ‘Well, we’ll work on this sometime between now December 31st,’” Johanns says. “September 30th is a hard deadline. The government runs out of authority to do the things that people like to see done. It is worrisome.”
Johanns says deadline pressure will force talks between Congressional leaders and President Barack Obama.
“And they’ll come up with a proposal, I’m guessing,” Johanns says. “But this will be contentious. I just want to tell people, we won’t get to this result easily.”