While Congress failed to reach an agreement before March 1's sequestration deadline, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is committed to keeping a government shutdown from happening.
In a Sunday appearance on NBC's "Meet The Press," Boehner was asked by host David Gregory if he was willing doing whatever it takes to keep the government open.
Boehner's response? "Absolutely."
"The president this morning agreed that we should not have any talk of a government shutdown," Boehner said. "So I'm hopeful that the House and Senate will be able to work through this."
Back in September, Congress passed a six-month stopgap spending bill to avert a government shutdown before the Oct. 1 beginning of the fiscal year. That measure is set to expire on March 27, but Boehner added Sunday that the House will move next week to extend the continuing resolution through the September 2013 end of the fiscal year.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) paralleled Boehner's optimism on that front, telling CNN's State of the Union Sunday that he is confident a deal will be reached.
"Senate Democrats have indicated they are not interested in (a government shutdown), either," McConnell said." "I believe we're going to be able to work out passing the continuing resolution later in March on a bipartisan basis through both the House and the Senate."
President Barack Obama stressed similar sentiments during his Friday press conference, noting that avoiding a government shutdown is the "right thing to do."