The House passed a spending budget last Friday but it would effectively defund the Affordable Care Act. And this week, the Senate may strip out the parts that defund the health care law and pass it back to the House.
"What we should not do is say that we're going to shut down the government if one side doesn't get it's way, with respect to the Affordable Care Act," said Congressman Chris Van Hollen. "That's what you've seen but I don't think that will carry to date at the end."
WHAG talked with Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen about the budget situation and he says he's optimistic Congress can reach a compromise.
"I think we will avoid a shutdown but it'll probably come right down to the wire, and then my concern is that we're going to be right back in the same kind of situation where people are threatening to take things right up to the cliff," said Van Hollen.
Congress has until October 1, 2013 to pass a new budget and avoid the possible government shutdown.