McConnell, McCain Say Next Spending Measure Must Fully Fund Defense

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) “said he won’t support any more temporary spending measures that do not include full-year funding for the military,” The Hill reports.

“I can say with total confidence that the House and Senate will not be passing another continuing resolution without defense spending for the rest of the year,” McConnell said during a colloquy Wednesday with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on the Senate floor.

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“I don’t intend to support another continuing resolution that does not contain the full year defense appropriations bill,” said McConnell. “I think everyone understands the urgency of that.”

McCain said he hoped the House understood it would have to fully fund the Defense Department in the next spending measure it approves.

Following the “colloquy, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) added that she believes funding for the full year ought to be provided for the Department of Homeland Security as well.”

This does not apply to the three-week funding legislation approved by the House. Senators are expected to adopt that measure this week.

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