On Tuesday, McConnell said he was willing to enter into negotiations with the Democrats to solve and impasse over funding, after refusing for week to take part in the budget summit they have called for.
He said he there would be no government shutdowns, as he would find a way to get through the negotiations.
The Kentucky Republican said Congress had divided the government, with the different parties controlling Congress, the White House and there has to be some point where we negotiate and move forward.
Government funding will expire the end of next month and the Democrats have warned of a shutdown, as the Senate has not been able to pass any appropriation measures due to a dispute over the levels of spending for the defense as well as non-defense programs.
Dick Durbin the Senate Democratic Whip from Illinois said Congress needed to roll up its sleeves a number of weeks ago and start this conversation back then between the Senate, House and White House to arrive with a budget that is for America and that is fair.
Charles Schumer a Senator from New York, and the third ranking Democratic in Congress warned members of the Republican Party on Capitol Hill that they would risk having a shutdown by attempting to add policy riders that are controversial such as the proposal for defunding Planned Parenthood, to a spending bill that would only go to the end of the year.
If they attempt to add on the extraneous riders and say you must keep the riders in place, important riders where great disagreements country wide exists, then they are headed directly for a shutdown of the government, added Schumer.
Harry Reid the Senate Democratic Leader said there has been little sign to date that the Republicans are ready to sit down and has the spending bill and end the game.
Reid said he checked with the Obama administration and not a word, He concluded by saying he did not know when these negotiations would start and much less when it would finally end.