AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka predicts Republicans won’t force a government shutdown in the fall’s federal spending battles because, if nothing else, it would harm their political donors.
“There is no crisis here, and I don’t think the Republicans are going to shut down the government,” the labor leader said on the Bloomberg program “Political Capital with Al Hunt” airing this weekend.
“They can’t afford to,” he continued. “Some of their best political people, their best donors are going to get hurt in the process. It hurts the economy. And I don’t think they’re going to do it.”
The current federal spending bill expires Sept. 30, giving lawmakers a short window to agree on a spending plan or extend current funding when they return from the summer recess.
Some House and Senate Republicans have said they will push to defund ObamaCare as part of the continuing spending resolution for 2014. But many GOP lawmakers fear the party will be hurt if the strategy ends in a government shutdown.