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Friday, October 28, 2016

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — U.S. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday the Senate would vote on a stop-gap government funding bill this week that aimed at averting a shutdown of federal agencies at the Oct. 1 start of the new fiscal year.

The measure would fund government agencies through Dec. 11, congressional aides said. Senate Republicans initially will seek to pass a version of the spending bill that cuts off all federal funds to Planned Parenthood, a non-profit women’s healthcare group now embroiled in an abortion controversy.

(Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Writing by David Lawder; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Photo: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) gives a wave to staff members as he walks to the senate floor at the U.S. Capitol in Washington September 8, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

  • Daniel Jones

    Let me explain why they prefer stop-gaps.

    1) They avoid any long-term programs they can be held accountable for.
    2) They get to make some awful demand like defunding Planned Parenthood, and when it is inevitably turned down, they get to do it again when the seconadry stopgap *without* the extortion runs out.
    3) They leave the option of flat out shutdown on the table.

    • Looner

      So do they want to do the shut down, or are they just bluffing for their low info voters?

  • DAK27

    Shut down the government, you coward. Go ahead, do it. Just pull the trigger and do your worst because I don’t see how it can be as bad as the last 6 years of wasting time, wasting money and wasting the opportunity to actually LEAD like you promised you’d do BEFORE the last election.

  • anothertoothpick

    The last time the repubs shut down the government a year later they took control of the senate. They see the shut down as a favorable repub policy.