Schumer Says Policy Riders Hindering Budget Deal

An agreement “to avert a government shutdown is near ‘impossible’ unless Republicans drop policy riders from a funding bill, leading Senate Democrats said Thursday,” according to The Hill.

“Unless they back off those riders it’s going to be impossible, pretty much, to prevent a shutdown,” said Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), the party’s messaging chief, following a caucus meeting.

Democrats throughout Thursday have characterized the riders to strip federal funds for Planned Parenthood and parts of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the key sticking point in negotiations on a spending measure to fund government the rest of the fiscal year.

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Schumer and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) both said Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had offered standalone votes on the riders in the Senate, only to be rebuffed by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

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