McConnell Makes GOP Demands for Government-Funding Deal

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday announced the GOP has its demands for Congress on future government spending bills. “When it comes to floor consideration, we cannot and will not start planting individual trees before we have bipartisan consensus on the shape of the forest,” McConnell said during a speech on the Senate floor, coming about two months before the Senate’s deadline to fund the government to avoid a partial shutdown. Members of Congress often use a short-term continuing resolution to avoid government shutdowns, and they might pass such a resolution in late September to avoid one starting in October. Democrats will need 60 votes in the Senate to overcome a Republican filibuster and pass a measure to keep the government funded. In his floor remarks, McConnell said the GOP wants to ensure that defense spending rises in equal measure to non-defense spending. The Republican leader also said both …Read More

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