Shelby says another CR will be needed in December

Its. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig Shelby Democrats face monster collision in December Black Hawk pilot downed in Somalia runs for Alabama Senate Senate Democrats drop Hyde amendment for first time in decades MORE (R-Ala.) He said Tuesday that another rolling resolution will likely be needed in December to fund the government, following an initial meeting Tuesday between top legislators on House and Senate appropriations committees during FY2022 funding bills.

Shelby, vice chairman of the Appropriations Committee, told reporters after a meeting with the House and Senate appropriators that an additional continued resolution will clearly be needed to fund the government after Dec. 3, when funding for the project is established. of provisional law approved at the end of September. Expire.

The vice president also said that a handful of Republicans would agree to an ongoing resolution throughout the year.

He told reporters that after December 3, “If there is no progress, then we could head to an annual CR. Many people would like that. One, that keeps all cyclists away, you know? Think about it from our point of view. “

Democrats, however, do not appear to be on the same page.

Its. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyManchin frustrates Democrats with latest outburst After 35 years, Congress should finally end the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine Overnight Energy & Environment – Presented by the American Petroleum Institute – Democrats address reports that the clean energy program will be phased out MORE (D-Vt.), The chairman of the Appropriations Committee, said in a statement that a series of continuous resolutions “is not a responsible way of governing.”

He appeared to criticize Republicans for failing to negotiate with Democrats on a government funding bill in September.

“The Republicans seem to want to bring us to a continuous one-year resolution. Democrats made a good faith offer last month that provided a 5 percent increase in defense spending, which is consistent with the bipartisan NDAA. [National Defense Authorization Act], but it takes two to negotiate. We have not yet received a top-of-the-line offer in response to ours, ”Leahy said in a statement after the so-called four-corner appropriations meeting.

“An endless cycle of continuous resolutions is not a responsible way of governing. It means cuts to veterans, cuts to national security and defense, handcuffing our response to the pandemic, and failing to address the challenges of climate change. We have made it clear what we are for. What are they for? We are ready to get to work as soon as they arrive at the table, ”added Leahy.

Although Tuesday’s meeting was not expected to produce any results as it was a preliminary meeting, the conflicting prospects offer a preview of the political clash that will likely come to a head in early December, when funding for the bill expires. provisional.

Democrats are already bracing for the December cliff, when they will face a government funding deadline, a debt ceiling crisis and the expiration of highway funds.

Congress passed a rolling resolution in late September after the two sides were unable to agree on a long-term financing bill.

Democrats had tried to include a debt ceiling increase in the funding bill, but Republicans were strongly opposed to helping raise the cap, rather than urging their counterparts to do so through reconciling a single party.

Democrats ultimately decided to remove the debt ceiling increase from the financing bill, rather than pass a separate short-term debt increase. Republicans joined that initiative, but the Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell McConnell Criticizes Potential Payments To Separated Migrant Families Yellen Says Reconciliation Is A ‘Viable’ Way To Address The Debt Limit Photos Of The Week: Bipawtisan Dog Costume Parade, California Floods and tiger cubs MORE (R-Ky.) He said the Republican Party will not support a similar measure in December.

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