Stabenow doubts passage of bills to end shutdown

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — For the first time since the partial shutdown, the U.S. Senate is slated to take up two competing bills, both aimed at reopening the federal government.

On Thursday, senators will have a chance to vote for one of two measures to fund the government and starting giving 800,000 workers their paychecks, but it's unlikely either will get enough support to pass.

Michigan's senior senator, Democrat Debbie Stabenow, said Wednesday that she's not optimistic about the competing bills.

"I don't think either will have support," she said, speaking at 24 Hour News 8's Grand Rapids studio. "I working very hard with colleagues actually on both sides of the aisle to get to a point where folks will just stop using federal workers and their wages as hostages and put people back to work. Open the government and then we need to go through the regular order on the floor and have votes and we'll see where people's support is."

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