Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) “said Sunday that he would support House Republicans’ three-week continuing resolution to stave off a government shutdown,” Roll Call reports.
“I don’t think we ought to let the government shut down,” the Kentucky Republican said on “Fox News Sunday,” noting that the short-term measure includes $6 billion in spending cuts.
McConnell predicted that most Republicans would vote in favor of the bill, even though it does not include riders that would cancel funding for controversial programs. “I think [the short-term bill] should pass and will pass,” he said.
Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL):
Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Majority Whip Dick Durbin said Democrats would support the short-term CR, which he hoped House Republicans would take “as a signal of good faith” in ongoing budget negotiations.
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) also voiced his support for the measure today.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the No. 3 leader of the Senate, said Sunday he’ll support the latest short-term spending bill to keep the government running, but that Congress must negotiate a final package for the remainder of the fiscal year.