Senate Dems reject one-week stopgap to avoid shutdown

Senate Democratic leaders vowed Monday to reject any proposal to extend government funding by only a week, as several Republicans have proposed.

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidWATCH: There is no Trump-Russia collusion and the media should stop pushing this The demise of debate in Congress ‘North by Northwest,’ the Carter Page remake MORE (D-Nev.) balked at the idea of extending government funding by only a few days, setting up another showdown in early October.

“The Senate’s bill is a short-term extension. That’s what it is,” Reid said, referring to the Senate bill that extends funding to Nov. 15.

Reid argued that passing a shorter-term proposal would create instability and tarnish the nation’s reputation on the world stage.

“If we can’t pass this, we’re only truly entering a banana republic mindset,” he said.

“The threat of shutting down every week?” asked Senate Democratic Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinAmerica’s waning commitment to the promise of the First Amendment Senate rejects Trump immigration plan What to watch for in the Senate immigration votes MORE (Ill.). “We’re dealing with this image of a banana republic lurching from every seven days whether we’re going to have a government.”

Democratic leaders called on Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerRestoring fiscal sanity requires bipartisan courage GOP congressman slams primary rival for Ryan donations Speculation swirls about Kevin McCarthy’s future MORE (R-Ohio) to put the Senate stopgap on the House floor, predicting it would pass overwhelmingly with centrist Republican and Democratic votes.

"The fate of the country depends on the House being able to vote, the House, all members of the House of Representatives,” said Reid. “I hope that John Boehner makes a responsible decision, one that’s good for the country.”