“Let me say it again,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., warned Tuesday. “No more government shutdowns.”

Government money expires Oct. 1, the start of the federal fiscal year. The House and Senate haven’t sent any annual spending bills to the White House for President Obama to sign. That means lawmakers must prep an interim spending bill (known as a “Continuing Resolution” or “CR”) to keep the lights on.

Here’s the catch, and why the next two months’ negotiations may not be as simple as McConnell makes it sound.

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