"Get this done": McConnell moves to avoid shutdown

Mitch McConnell is willing to go big, go small or anything in between to avoid another government shutdown. He’s even willing to appeal to a higher power.

At a meeting with GOP chairmen on Wednesday, the Senate majority leader had a lighthearted message for his negotiators trying to avoid another shutdown, according to attendees: “We’re praying for you. Get this done.”

McConnell has made no secret of how much he hates shutdowns, particularly the most recent and historic partial funding lapse. He said Tuesday he’ll probably support “whatever works” to avoid another debacle. He’s considering bills to end shutdowns forever and giving his four GOP conference committee negotiators wide berth to strike a deal with Democrats.