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Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 09/12/2011

Cantor confident government shutdown can be avoided

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) expressed confidence Monday that Democrats and Republicans can avoid brinksmanship that would threaten another government shutdown as the fiscal year ends Sept. 30.

Cantor said Republicans will introduce a continuing resolution that would provide enough funding to keep government running through mid-to-late fall, gearing spending levels toward those agreed to when Congress passed its last continuing resolution in April.

Acknowledging Americans’ disgust with Washington gridlock, Cantor promised there would be little rancor over the measure, unlike in April when partisan bickering over a similar measure brought the government within hours of a shutdown.

“We would try, always, to go lower,” Cantor told reporters Monday. “But I think the risk of bringing about brinksmanship or the risk of another shutdown is not something that we need. It’s not something that would be helpful to create jobs or regain confidence.”

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