Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, is one of 14 senators credited with jump-starting negotiations to reopen the federal government earlier up this week.
It‘s now up to the House and Senate‘s budget negotiators to come up with a long-term spending plan. But Donnelly says the 14 senators who helped craft the compromise won‘t be entirely on the sidelines.
“One of the things that has made it difficult over past years is not having budget conferences, almost moving from crisis to crisis,” says Donnelly. “The further long term we have, the better off we’ll be.”
Past attempts at a bipartisan compromise have begun with similar fanfare and then collapsed, most recently the so-called “debt supercommittee” two years ago.
Donnelly says he‘s hopeful the strain of the 16-day shutdown has made lawmakers more open to a deal, preferably for more than just the next year.