Schumer warns of shutdown if House accepts conservative policy demands

Senator Charles SchumerCharles SchumerSchumer jams to Diana Ross at New York party Warren cautions Dems against infighting FCC advances proposal to unmask blocked caller ID in threat cases MORE (D-N.Y.), chairman of the Democratic Policy Committee, said Tuesday the Senate would block any House-passed spending measure that included major policy riders. 

Schumer said if House conservatives manage to defeat the pending bill, which does not include policy riders, a government shutdown would become more likely.
 

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“I hope and pray that there are enough votes to pass it in the House and I hope these folks with a conservative, ideological agenda don’t try to bring down the government,” he said.
 
House conservatives led by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), chairman of the 176-member House Republican Study Committee, said he would oppose a stopgap measure pending in the House because it did not include provisions to defund Planned Parenthood and the new healthcare reform law.
 
Jordan and other conservatives say the measure does not cut enough from 2011 spending levels.
 
Schumer warned that if House conservatives convinced GOP leaders to add policy riders related to Planned Parenthood, the Environmental Protection Agency or other hot politic issues, Senate Democrats could not accept the legislation.
 
“I think they could create real significant problems for this budget and they should be out,” Schumer said of conservative policy riders. “This is not a debate on abortion or net neutrality or clean air. It’s a debate about the budget.”
 
Schumer said if “the House cannot go forward without these riders, it’s going to create real problems and make it very difficult to get a budget.”
 
“They will make it next to impossible to get a budget resolution,” he added.
 
Senate Democratic leaders want to pass a thee-week spending bill that would cut $6 billion from the federal budget for the rest of 2011. They plan to use that time to negotiate a six-month funding bill to keep the government in operation through the end of September.
 
House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerRyan reminds lawmakers to be on time for votes Juan Williams: GOP fumbles on healthcare The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Ohio) predicted Tuesday the three-week stopgap would pass, despite the grumbling of some conservatives.
 
“I understand that some of our members want to do more, but what in this bill do they disagree with? Nothing. Nothing. And so … I’m confident this bill will pass,” BoehnerJohn BoehnerRyan reminds lawmakers to be on time for votes Juan Williams: GOP fumbles on healthcare The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE said following the House GOP’s weekly closed-door conference meeting.