In a sign that the debt ceiling crisis is drawing to a close, Gov.
Scott Walker (R) said Wednesday he expects the legislature to pass a $1.8 billion debt limit bill by the end of the week.
The governor said the legislation would be voted on by both chambers and would likely be signed into law.
Walker is expected to sign it into law at the same time he signs a new $4.5 billion budget package.
Walker said Wednesday that he expects that bill to be signed by the week of Jan. 1, but he did not give a timeline for the signature.
He added that he was confident that the governor and other Republican leaders would have the votes needed to override a Democratic veto of the bill.
Walker also said that he has reached out to the Democratic-led Senate, which is controlled by Republicans, to try to convince them to join him in pushing through the debt limit legislation.
Democrats have vowed to not support any spending bills that include spending cuts.
On Tuesday, the Democratic National Committee urged all members of Congress to oppose any spending bill that includes any cuts to Social Security or Medicare, saying they would “destroy” their credibility on the debt-limit crisis.
Democrats are also planning a national debt-ceiling demonstration on Friday.
The White House said that President Donald Trump had been in touch with Wisconsin Gov.
Walker and urged him to do everything in his power to help Republicans pass a debt limit extension.
On Wednesday, a White House aide said the administration was working to reach out to both Democratic leaders and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
“The president has been very clear that we want to help all sides in this debate,” the aide said.
“We have offered to work with the president and his team to find a way to pass this bipartisan bill.”