Republican Rep. Tom Petri says he thinks a government shutdown is unlikely, even as debate continues in Congress over a GOP proposal for enabling the government to pay its bills through next year.
Petri voted last week for a House bill that would avoid a partial government shutdown on Oct. 1 while simultaneously canceling funding for Democratic President Barack Obama's signature health care law. The legislation is now in the Senate, where Democrats plan to rewrite it to restore the money.
Petri is a longtime opponent of the health care law, but he stopped short Tuesday of saying that he would insist on defunding it.
Petri says the goal is not to shut down the government but to get a budget that reduces the deficit and strengthens the economy.