Reed Optimistic Government Shutdown Won’t Happen Once Lawmakers Calm Down

WASHINGTON – Congressman Tom Reed is predicting there will not be a government shutdown in the debate over building a wall on portions of the United State’s Southern border, but it will take less political grandstanding to get calmer heads to prevail.

“What we saw over the last couple of days, I think, is a lot of fear, a lot of the drama that DC sometimes has to go through before we get to cooler heads and reasonableness coming into the room to get a solution to the situation,” Reed said during a conference call Wednesday. “What I saw yesterday (Tuesday) was a lot of folks playing to their political bases, both Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and the President.”

Reed said he believes a solution can be found that lawmakers can live with.

“I think, at the end of the day, there’s a compromise position here that will work for all involved,” Reed said.

He said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell he believes a Christmas miracle could happen to prevent a government shutdown.

“This is the Christmas season and he thinks there’s an opportunity for a Christmas miracle to avoid a shutdown. I wouldn’t go as far as that,” Reed said.

He predicted common sense and calmer heads will lead to a border security solution without a shutdown.