McConnell Eyes a Two-Week Continuing Resolution, Ending Dec. 22

By Susan Jones | December 6, 2017 | 6:03 AM EST

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) (Photo: Screen grab/C-SPAN)

( - The federal government is currently funded by a continuing resolution, which runs out on Dec. 8, at which point another CR will be necessary to avoid a government shutdown.

On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he wants to pass a two-week continuing resolution, to make room for a "larger understanding" on government spending caps.

He raised the topic at a news conference in the Capitol:

"As you already know, Pelosi, Schumer, Ryan and I have a meeting with the president on Thursday to talk about the way forward on the government spending issue. What we anticipate is a -- a two-week C.R. into December 22nd, which ought to give us a little room to talk about the larger understanding about how we're going to -- what -- what the caps are going to be and the other provisions that are going to be part of the year-end spending measure.

"So that's the agenda for us for the week," McConnell said.


Asked if he could live with a three week CR, which would expire after Christmas on Dec. 30, McConnell said, "I don't think that's the best way to go forward."

Meanwhile, a number of House Republicans are tweeting their displeasure with the Republican-led Senate for failing to take up the regular appropriations bills already passed by the House.

"The House worked hard this year and thoughtfully passed 12 appropriations bills. They're still languishing in the Senate," Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) tweeted on Dec. 1.

"Well folks, it's been 82 days since @SenateMajLdr received our appropriations bills. And guess what? Still no action. Come on, Mitch." tweeted Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday.

Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) tweeted on Tuesday: "‏Another day with no action from the Senate on our appropriations bills. Our constituents did not send us to DC to shirk our constitutional requirements. Let's pass a real budget."

Appearing with McConnell at Tuesday's news conference, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) noted that Democrats want to attach legal status for Dreamers to the must-pass spending bill.

"We've indicated to them, led by Chairman Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, that we're willing to enter into good-faith negotiations, but it simply does not advance the interests of these DACA recipients to try to force this into a shutdown narrative and to jeopardize our national security and other governmental functions just in order to help these young adults," Cornyn said.

"We are certainly willing to enter into those good-faith negotiations, but they do not belong in an end-of-the-year spending appropriations debate. And I hope our colleagues on the other side of the aisle will take our word for it, as demonstrated by our good faith in making an offer to them, that we do want to resolve this, but it's not going to be before the end of this year."

President Trump has given Congress six months, until March 2018, to find a solution for the hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens brought to the country as children.

"And we have a couple of months in January and February to figure this out, if they're willing to meet us halfway and negotiate in good faith," Cornyn added.

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