White House director for legislative affairs: Shutdown isn't likely

Marc Short said the GOP will make progress on their priorities

"I don't think there's going to be a shutdown," Short told ABC News' Jonathan Karl.


"If it's important enough for members to have the trigger (the president)is not going to stand in the way of that," Short said.

The administration, determined to avoid what Short considers distractions, has taken a similar stance on weighing in on the results of the upcoming Alabama special election.

Short is focused totally on pushing forward in the wake of what he perceives as diversion.

"It's been a good week for us," he concluded.