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Sen. Joe Donnelly To Vote In Favor Of House Budget Plan

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D) calls keeping the government running a "basic duty of Congress."

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) said today that he plans to vote to keep the government running.

He said in a speech on the Senate floor that he believes Republicans and Democrats should work together to keep the government from shutting down.

"Today we face a deadline to fund the government," said Donnelly. "It’s the most basic duty of Congress to keep our government running. I was elected by the people of Indiana to work every day on behalf of Hoosiers to do my job as United States Senator. Keeping the government running is our job, and I will vote to keep the government running."

The Senate must approve a spending bill by midnight or else the government will run out of money. Most Democrats are insisting that protections for "Dreamers" be included in the bill.

“I hope that Republicans and Democrats will join together to reach an agreement and avoid a shutdown. We still have that opportunity to prevent a shutdown, and I stand ready to work with anyone.”

(PHOTO: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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