A day after “caving under Republican opposition to an omnibus spending bill laden with earmarks, Senate Democrats appear poised to abandon another nearly year-long spending measure over a lack of GOP votes,” Roll Call reports.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid acknowledged Democrats will likely have to give up on passage of a 10-month, House-passed continuing resolution that would keep the government funded until Sept. 30.
“We won’t have a 10- or 12-month one, I don’t think,” the Nevada Democrat told reporters Friday afternoon. He added that the House is expected to send Democrats a shorter-term CR to keep the government running from Saturday into the middle of next week.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) announced that the House would head home until Tuesday because the Senate could not guarantee it would finish work on a longer-term CR before midnight Saturday.
The House passed a three-day CR that expires Tuesday night to give the Senate more time to get its act together, with assurances from Reid and McConnell that the Senate would quickly send it to the president.
“The House is going to send us a real short-term one, and we’ll see what we can work out on another one here,” Reid said.
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) “has been pressing for a CR that would keep the government funded until mid-February.”