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.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidFranken emerges as liberal force in hearings GOP eyes new push to break up California court The DC bubble is strangling the DNC 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 DurbinDick DurbinJustice requires higher standard than Sessions Warren burns Mnuchin over failure to disclose assets Trump Treasury pick to defend foreclosure record 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 BoehnerLast Congress far from ‘do-nothing’ Top aide: Obama worried about impeachment for Syria actions An anti-government ideologue like Mulvaney shouldn't run OMB 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 BoehnerJohn BoehnerLast Congress far from ‘do-nothing’ Top aide: Obama worried about impeachment for Syria actions An anti-government ideologue like Mulvaney shouldn't run OMB MORE makes a responsible decision, one that’s good for the country.”