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 AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderGrassley to test GOP on lowering drug prices McConnell blocks House bill to reopen government for second time Senators restart shutdown talks — and quickly hit roadblocks 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 McConnellGraham angers Dems by digging into Clinton, Obama controversies Senate GOP eyes 'nuclear option' for Trump nominees next week Taiwan’s President Tsai should be invited to address Congress 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 John TrumpTrump claims media 'smeared' students involved in encounter with Native American man Al Sharpton criticizes Trump’s ‘secret’ visit to MLK monument Gillibrand cites spirituality in 2020 fight against Trump’s ‘dark’ values 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.