Senate Republicans Support SixMonth CR

first_imgSupport for a six-month continuing resolution (CR) appears to be catching on among senior Senate Republicans, an approach that would preclude wrapping up fiscal 2017 in a year-end omnibus following the November elections. “I’m not so sure we’ll see an omnibus,” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) said Thursday. “We might see a continuing resolution, which, frankly nobody likes. But they like that a little less than they’d dislike an omnibus,” he said, reported CQ Roll Call.Senate Finance Chair Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) also said he would prefer a stopgap measure lasting into March.The remarks match those of House conservatives, who want to avoid negotiating a year-end spending bill with a lame-duck president. They came the same day Senate Democrats blocked separate attempts to advance the defense spending bill and the conference agreement for the military construction-veterans affairs spending bill from advancing in the chamber. The failure of both votes was expected as each represented a second attempt to advance the legislation. While the Senate could try to take up either measure when it returns from its summer recess in September, the two votes would appear to make it more likely that a CR will be needed by the Oct. 1 start of the new fiscal year.Democrats said they opposed the FY 2017 defense spending bill because they don’t trust the GOP to follow through with the rest of the appropriations process, reported CQ. Senate Democrats favor passing a year-end omnibus spending measure to fund the government next year.Democrats rejected the FY 2017 conference agreement for milcon spending over opposition to the $1.1 billion funding package addressing the Zika virus attached to it. Democrats criticized Republicans for including language in the conference report that Democrats say would prevent funds from going to Planned Parenthood clinics in Puerto Rico, according to the story. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img

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