DeMint won't block Senate spending bill

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) said early Wednesday afternoon he won't block a Senate vote on a stopgap spending bill, paving the way for the chamber to adjourn until after the November elections.

DeMint had earlier stated objections to a procedural vote on a continuing resolution to fund the government until December, stating that he did not want Democratic leaders to insert objectionable items or play politics with the spending legislation.

Following a Republican caucus lunch, however, DeMint said, "I want to go home."

"I hadn't seen the adjournment resolution, but if we can get a clean CR I think everyone can go home," DeMint said. "But they've added some things to it. I'm just taking a look at what they are... People are starting to smell the fumes of the airplanes out at the airport, and I know they want to go home."

DeMint said he was unaware of any specific objections to items that have been added to the continuing resolution.

"There was about a page of things, and I haven't gone over it with my staff yet," he said.

--Cross-posted from Blog Briefing Room