CR approval likely this week


The general consensus Sunday was that a proposed three-week continuing resolution will pass this week.

“We shouldn’t allow the government to shut down,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellRepublicans give Trump's budget the cold shoulder Senate GOP focused on killing Medicaid expansion Hearing highlights GOP divide over border tax MORE (R-Ky.) said on “Fox News Sunday.” “I think [the three-week extension] should and will pass.”

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McConnell also predicted that not one Senate Republican would vote to raise the debt ceiling unless major efforts are made to reduce the debt, although he would not go into detail as to what major efforts would look like.

“I don’t intend to vote to raise the debt ceiling unless we address the debt,” McConnell said.

Senate Majority Whip Dick DurbinDick DurbinThe GOP must fight against the Durbin amendment's price controls It’s time to rethink prisoner re-entry Congress urges Trump administration to release public transit funding MORE (D-Ill.) warned that too many cuts in spending would hurt the American people on “State of the Union.”

“We’re not going to balance America’s budget in six months,” he said.

Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) bragged that the Republican fiscal 2011 budget got more votes from the Senate than the Senate Democrats’ bill on “State of the Union.”

When asked about Senate Republican dissenters who want more than the House’s $61 billion in cuts, Kyl said, “[Sen. Jim] DeMint (R-S.C.) is right we could cut more, but we’re trying to get a bipartisan agreement here.”

“Let’s get this done already,” said Sen. Chuck SchumerCharles SchumerCongress urges Trump administration to release public transit funding Overnight Tech: FCC begins rolling back net neutrality | Sinclair deal puts heat on regulators | China blames US for 'Wanna Cry' attack Sasse dominates Twitter with Schumer photo, 'reefer' caption MORE (D-N.Y.) on “Meet the Press” about passing a budget for this year. “You can’t fund the government two weeks at a time.”

On “Fox News Sunday,” Sens. Mark WarnerMark WarnerFive takeaways from a busy day of Russia hearings Senate Intel panel issues subpoenas to Flynn businesses Overnight Cybersecurity: Flynn refuses to comply with Senate subpoena | Chaffetz postpones hearing with Comey | Small biz cyber bill would cost M | New worm spotted after 'Wanna Cry' MORE (D-Va.) and Saxby ChamblissSaxby ChamblissGOP hopefuls crowd Georgia special race Democrats go for broke in race for Tom Price's seat Spicer: Trump will 'help the team' if needed in Georgia special election MORE (R-Ga.) spoke about their proposal to reduce the national debt by $4 trillion over 10 years.

The plan would reduce the number of tax deductions and require Congress to use future revenues to pay down the debt.

“We can increase revenues without increasing taxes,” Chambliss said. “We make a significant change in our tax code.”