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 McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate passes 0B defense bill Overnight Health Care: New GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea 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 DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill 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 (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill This week: Senate wrapping up defense bill after amendment fight Cuomo warns Dems against cutting DACA deal with Trump 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 Robert WarnerOvernight Cybersecurity: Equifax hit by earlier hack | What to know about Kaspersky controversy | Officials review EU-US privacy pact Overnight Tech: Equifax hit by earlier undisclosed hack | Facebook takes heat over Russian ads | Alt-right Twitter rival may lose domain Facebook under fire over Russian ads in election MORE (D-Va.) and Saxby ChamblissSaxby ChamblissFormer GOP senator: Let Dems engage on healthcare bill OPINION: Left-wing politics will be the demise of the Democratic Party GOP hopefuls crowd Georgia special race 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.”