GOP senators slam House for funding bill decision
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"Put simply, this cockamamie idea, this abrogation of our responsibilities called a continuing resolution would shortchange American troops," he said from the Senate floor. "We're just going to kick the can down the road for another three months or more."
 
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He added a short-term spending bill would "cut resources" for troops, "hamper" the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and go against the theme of the elections. 
 
"Fresh off an election where the American people were clear that they are fed up with business as usual, that's exactly what we're about to get if Congress adopts another continuing resolution," he said. 
 
McCain, the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, told reporters after his speech that a short-term spending bill would be a "disgrace."
 
Sen. Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderAuthorities link ex-Tennessee governor to killing of Jimmy Hoffa associate The Republicans' deep dive into nativism Senate GOP faces retirement brain drain MORE (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, called a continuing resolution (CR) the "lazy way" to fund the government. 
 
"We can finish our work [on appropriations bills] by mid-December," he said. "I think it's a mistake for the Trump administration because I think that President-elect Trump should want to focus his attention ahead." 
 
House Republicans decided during a closed-door meeting on Thursday to back a short-term continuing resolution through March 31 rather than a full-year omnibus spending bill. 
 
Senate GOP leadership hasn't formally signed onto the plan. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP increasingly balks at calling Jan. 6 an insurrection Black lawmakers warn against complacency after Juneteenth victory Graham quips key to working with Trump: We both 'like him' MORE (R-Ky.) said Thursday that there are ongoing discussions about how to fund the government ahead of Dec. 9 deadline, but didn't go into details. 
 
 
Senate Democrats and the White House have publicly signaled that they would prefer a long-term bill that runs through the end of the fiscal year. 
 
Asked about reports that Trump prefers a short-term CR, Sen. Barbara Milkulski (D-Md.) told reporters on Wednesday that "he can propose, but you know, remember what the founding fathers said: We have the power of the purse." 
 
Asked if Democrats would oppose a short-term bill, she bristled and said: "I'm not going to negotiate in a hallway." 
 

"I think it would be not good for the country, I don't think it'd be good for Donald TrumpDonald TrumpHead of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting VA moving to cover gender affirmation surgery through department health care MORE to come back here in March and have to move forward on not a new spending program, but one that is already— should've been done last September, last October," he told reporters at a weekly press conference.