Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he believes some conservative Republicans have come out against the new House three-week stopgap funding proposal because it does not allow them to impose their ideological agenda.
"The reason many of them oppose the stopgap continuing resolution is clear," Schumer said on the Senate floor Tuesday. "It's because it doesn’t contain the ideological riders they demand."
"These measures are like a heavy anchor bogging down the budget negotiations," he said. "This is what is driving the defections on the Republican side."
Schumer was referring to the dozens of amendments added to a House bill that would fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year. The riders would cut funding for Democrats’ healthcare legislation, Planned Parenthood and public broadcasting.
The House passed the three-week extension on Tuesday, but 54 mostly conservative Republicans bucked their party leadership to oppose it.
"There is a time and place to debate these issues … and this ain’t it [sic]," Schumer said.