McConnell eyes short-term funding deal through Dec. 9
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care: Florida becomes epicenter of COVID-19 surge | NYC to require vaccination for indoor activities | Biden rebukes GOP governors for barring mask mandates McConnell warns Schumer cutting off debate quickly could stall infrastructure deal Top House Democrat says party would lose elections if they were held today: report MORE (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that the Senate is eyeing a short-term spending measure that would last through early December.


"We're going to work toward the Dec. 9 date at last year's levels," he told reporters. "We're looking for a way forward."

"I hope to be able to turn to it next week," he said.

The Republican leader's comments mark the first time he's laid out his plan for funding the government past Oct. 1 and avoiding a shutdown.

A short-term spending bill that expires in December would pit McConnell against the House Freedom Caucus and some Senate Republicans, including Majority Whip John CornynJohn CornynMcConnell warns Schumer cutting off debate quickly could stall infrastructure deal GOP skepticism looms over bipartisan spending deal Biden's bipartisan deal faces Senate gauntlet MORE (R-Texas), who would prefer a longer continuing resolution (CR).

Senate Democrats have vowed to oppose any measure that stretches into next year.

McConnell said Wednesday that he has "started discussions" with Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidWhite House seeks to shield Biden from GOP attacks on crime issue Lobbying world Warner backing 'small carve-out' on filibuster for voting rights MORE (D-Nev.) and the White House.

Having the CR expire in December would force lawmakers to pass either another short-term bill or an omnibus spending package by the end of the year.

— Updated at 2:23 p.m.