The Senate rejected a short-term funding bill for the government backed by Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' New Yorker cover titled 'The Shining' shows Graham, McConnell, Barr polishing Trump's shoes MORE (R-Ky.) after 13 Republicans joined nearly the entire Democratic caucus in voting no.

The 45-55 vote leaves Congress facing an uncertain path to prevent a government shutdown. Without a new funding law in place, the government would shut down on Saturday. 


Sens. Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyK Street giants scoop up coveted ex-lawmakers Obama honors 'American statesman' Richard Lugar Former GOP senator Richard Lugar dies at 87 MORE (Ind.), Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Senate panel approves Interior nominee over objections from Democrats Labor head warns of 'frightening uptick' in black lung disease among miners MORE (W.Va.), Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonRepublicans amp up attacks on Tlaib's Holocaust comments The muscle for digital payment Rubio says hackers penetrated Florida elections systems MORE (Fla.) and Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterThreat of impeachment takes oxygen out of 2019 agenda Overnight Defense: Trump officials say efforts to deter Iran are working | Trump taps new Air Force secretary | House panel passes defense bill that limits border wall funds GOP angst grows amid Trump trade war MORE (Mont.) were the only Democrats to support the continuing resolution (CR). Other Democrats objected that the package keeping the government operating through Dec. 9 included no money for Flint, Michigan.

The dozen Republicans who voted against the measure did so for a variety of reasons. They were joined by McConnell, who voted no to preserve his ability to offer the measure again.


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Democrats are digging in on their demand that funding for Flint be included in the spending bill, which already includes emergency help for flood victims in Louisiana, Maryland and West Virginia.

Democrats, while stressing they don't oppose the flood aid, argue any short-term funding bill shouldn't include the flood money unless it also helps Flint.

McConnell didn't shut the door to dropping the flood money from the stopgap bill, saying, "that's certainly an option." 

Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinThreat of impeachment takes oxygen out of 2019 agenda Senate Democrats request watchdog, Red Cross probe DHS detention facilities Iraq War looms over Trump battle with Iran MORE (D-Ill.) shot down a question about whether Democrats would be satisfied with a promise from McConnell (R-Ky.) and Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanAmash storm hits Capitol Hill Debate with Donald Trump? Just say no Ex-Trump adviser says GOP needs a better health-care message for 2020 MORE (R-Wis.) to pass the Flint aid in a lame-duck session after the election.

"No, if he wants to make that promise to Flint make him make the same promise to Louisiana," Durbin said. 

Sen. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowCongress: Support legislation to defend Medicare home health  Dems want climate change, tax hikes in infrastructure deal Critics accuse EPA of weakening pollution rule for Pentagon MORE (D-Mich.) added in a separate press conference that, "if the rational is that a water issue in Flint should be in [Water Resources Development Act], then a water issue in Louisiana should be in WRDA as well." 

Sen. John CornynJohn CornynThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Bipartisan House bill calls for strategy to protect 5G networks from foreign threats Collins offering bill to boost battery research as GOP pushes energy 'innovation' MORE (R-Texas) didn't close the door to the Louisiana aid being moved to the water bill.

“It’s important to a number of states, including my state,” the Texas Republican said. "That’s what the bill has in it now, and we’ll see how the Democrats vote.”  

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), noting he was opposed to removing the flood money, said he was aware of the Democratic objections. 

"Why do you feel you have to punish people in Louisiana ... for Flint when there's a pathway forward on Flint through the WRDA bill?" he said.

The stalemate over Flint comes after the Senate version of WRDA passed earlier this month included $220 million to address water infrastructure improvements in Flint. 

But the House measure does not have Flint aid provisions, meaning the two chambers would have to resolve the issue in conference committee negotiations after the election.  

Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerOnly four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates Hispanic civil rights icon endorses Harris for president California AG Becerra included in Bloomberg 50 list MORE (D-Calif.) hinted that Democrats could accept a written agreement on Flint aid from Republican leadership.  

“We need more than just vague promises,” Boxer told reporters. “They can commit to us in writing that they can absolutely agree to our provisions. We don’t have any of that.”  

But Democrats appeared split on what would need to be in such a deal. 

Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), while noting the CR isn't the only vehicle for the Flint aid, also set a high bar for an agreement: the president's signature.  

"The writing would be the president signing the bill," he told reporters. 

The White House on Tuesday backed up Democratic demands for the Flint funding to be added to the bill. 

“The president has made clear for moths that Congress needs to act to provide resources to the community of Flint,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said.

Earnest noted the emergency funding in the Senate CR for Louisiana, Maryland and other states recovering from flooding. 

“The president believes Congress should do the same thing for Flint and other communities dealing with those challenges.” 

This story was updated at 5:58 p.m.