Daily Inter Lake: Tester says budget standoff will end with compromise

A government shutdown is politically undesirable for Republicans and Democrats, Sen. Jon Tester said Tuesday, and he believes that making serious long-term spending cuts will require a comprehensive legislative package with buy-in from both parties.

There is currently a deep divide between the Senate Democrats and House Republicans over a continuing resolution to fund the government after March 4. Democrats want to freeze spending at current levels and the Republicans are calling for cuts totaling $61 billion.

“The crystal ball is always cloudy when it comes to things in Washington, D.C.,” Tester said during a visit with the Inter Lake editorial board Tuesday.

He believes a compromise will be struck somewhere in between, mainly because shutting the government down after March would have consequences for both parties.

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