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WASHINGTON — Colorado Sens. Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet sat down together Thursday for a rare joint interview in Washington. Both said they do not want a government shutdown.

Both senators expressed support for their bill that keeps the government open and protects Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program recipients.

If, however, their bill doesn’t come up for a vote, both take different approaches to whether they will keep the government open.

“I am going to vote against a spending bill that doesn’t have DACA in it, but I don’t think there needs to be a shutdown,” said Bennet, a Democrat. “We should be here until we are done with the work.”

“I’m going to vote for a continuing resolution to fund the government,” said Gardner, a Republican. “I will work on our four-part plan to gain support for Republicans and Democrats to sign this legislation.”

The federal government could shut down Friday at midnight unless Congress takes action.

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