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WTXL political contributor analyzes budget deal

Posted at 4:38 PM, Feb 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-12 16:38:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Federal workers from the Tallahassee area are in Washington D.C. this week to meet with Florida representatives in the House and Senate. 

Some employees at the Federal Correctional Institution and the TSA made the trip to the nation's capital.

Ray Coleman, Labor Union President, says he's scheduled meetings with Senators Marco-Rubio and Rick Scott as well as Congressman Al Lawson.

Federal workers we talked to say they're catching up on paying bills while saving every extra penny to prepare for another possible shutdown.

WTXL Political Contributor Dr. Richard Murgo says the president isn't likely to go against the bi-partisan group that's come up with the agreement. 

"He would have to go against Senate Republicans. Donald Trump has never done this in the past. I don't think he's up for that at this point. He's got some other fights he's going to have to fight in the next couple of weeks," said Dr. Murgo. "So, certainly, this is one I don't think he has an appetite for. He has other alternatives that he's suggested for the wall. He's not happy with this. Democrats aren't happy with this, but I think both sides are going to lick their wounds and come back for another fight later on." 

Dr. Murgo says some lawmakers have been considering a bill to end government shutdowns altogether.

He said the most recent shutdown cost the country $11 billion.