Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has been vocal in private and public about his hatred of shutdowns and ardent desire to avoid another one.
According to a Wednesday Politico report, McConnell shares this sentiment with most of his caucus, who see three possible (and negative) outcomes for the party, should a deal not be brokered: President Donald Trump declares a national emergency that will likely be overturned by the courts, Republicans rebel and vote with Democrats on a funding bill or another shutdown.
“I’ve just been pointing out what an impractical idea the emergency route is,” Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) told Politico, adding that there is a “99 percent likelihood” that the courts would block a national emergency declaration. “It’s a much stronger opportunity for good border security if we work something out.”