McConnell Confirms Plan For Stopgap Funding Until December

FILE - In this May 24, 2016 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Ky. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Barack Obama is condescending. Senate Minority Leade... FILE - In this May 24, 2016 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Ky. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Barack Obama is condescending. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid veers from friendly in private to nasty before TV cameras. Those portrayals come from a new book by McConnell. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) MORE LESS
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told reporters at the Capitol Wednesday that the Senate GOP was working with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and the White House on legislation that would fund the government through Dec. 9.

“The Speaker is talking to his members, I believe, later in the week about how to go forward,” McConnell said. “We are two separate bodies, but we’re talking to each other.”

Some Republicans in the House have called for the stopgap funding legislation — known as a continuing resolution — to last through next March. A short-term CR until December would give the lame duck Congress a chance to work out a permanent funding plan for next year.

The need for a continuing resolution comes after divisions in the House GOP, as well as Democratic policy riders, bogged down the appropriations process earlier in the year. Congress is not in session for enough days before the election to give it the time to hammer out a long term funding plan, especially in light of the intra-party divisions. If no new spending legislation is passed, the current funding for the government will run out at the end of September.

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  1. Avatar for dv01 dv01 says:

    But, but, but, I thought that through regular order we’d get back to passing budgets because FREEDOM!

  2. What a bunch of freakin’ cowards.

  3. Out-going Senate Majority Leader Yertle says what?

  4. Ah you rascally Republicans have put yourselves between a rock and a hard place. If you are back home you have to hide from constituents or answer questions about Trump, if you’re back in session you can’t get a small minority of your party to do the work of governing.
    You know instead of having a Congressional softball team you guys might want to consider dodge ball.

  5. And that plan now looks like a normal budget process? Damn.

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