The countryâ€™s political attention lately has focused on Wisconsin and a battle over public unions.
Coming in a distance second is the potential that the federal government could shut down Friday. But U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., said the attention will switch to Washington in the next few days as the Republican-controlled House tries to work with the Democratic Senate and White House to pass another stop-gap budget measure to keep the federal government functioning a few more weeks.
A new budget was supposed to be in place by last Oct. 1, but Congress could not agree on a full budget so has passed temporary spending measures to keep government open. The current temporary spending plan ends Friday.
Kline, who plans to seek re-election next year, said even as Congress looks at another temporary budget bill, work needs to begin to trim the countryâ€™s $14 trillion debt and â€œpull back the runaway spending.â€
While Kline said he does not think a shutdown is likely, he also could not explain how there will be a compromise between Republicans who want to cut spending now and Democrats who want to maintain current spending for now.
The coming days will be â€œa showdown,â€ Kline said.
That showdown should attract the countryâ€™s attention, the congressman predicted.