Legislation introduced Monday by House Democrats to keep the federal government funded through Dec. 11 quickly ran into opposition from Senate Republicans, raising the odds of a shutdown at the end of the month, just weeks before the election.
Government funding is slated to run out on Sept. 30, leaving just nine days for both parties to avoid a damaging shutdown at a time when tensions are already spiking over Senate GOP plans to quickly fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and stalled negotiations over a coronavirus relief bill.
Democrats on Monday unveiled a stopgap measure, known as a continuing resolution (CR), that does not contain a provision requested by the White House to provide aid for farmers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic…..
It’s not yet clear if Senate Republicans will try to amend the bill and send it back to the House in a game of legislative ping-pong with such a tight time frame.
But Senate Republicans quickly lined up to bash Democrats’ bill, increasing the odds of a partisan showdown mere weeks before Election Day. Both sides previously expected a relatively simple extension of funding….
image…Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) talks with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) at a memorial service for Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., October 24, 2019. Matt McClain/Pool via REUTERS