House GOP backs three-week funding bill

House GOP backs three-week funding bill
© Greg Nash

House Republicans on Saturday appeared open to backing a three-week stopgap funding measure to end the government shutdown, but an endgame still remains elusive with Senate Democrats and Republicans in a standoff.

Some Senate Republicans, including South Carolina’s Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSunday shows preview: Lawmakers gear up for Senate impeachment trial Parnas pressure grows on Senate GOP Senate GOP mulls speeding up Trump impeachment trial MORE, have been pushing for a funding bill through Feb. 8. But Senate Democrats have balked at that plan, instead pushing for a continuing resolution (CR) that would fund the government for only four or five days.

The spending bill passed by the House earlier this week would extend funding for four weeks, through Feb. 16, which would accommodate upcoming events like the State of the Union and the joint GOP retreat.

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House Republicans indicated they’d be willing to support a slightly shorter extension, but not one that lasts for just a few days.

“I believe we would accept if they go to Feb. 8,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyCalifornia sues Trump administration over fracking Trump: Impeachment timing intended to hurt Sanders Overnight Energy: Schumer votes against USMCA, citing climate impact | Republicans offer details on their environmental proposals | Microsoft aims to be carbon negative by 2030 MORE (R-Calif.) told reporters as he left a meeting with rank-and-file House Republicans in the basement of the Capitol.

Other Republicans walking out of that meeting also said they would go along with a three-week plan, so long as it doesn’t include Democratic demands that Congress shield immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children from deportation.

“I think there is [GOP] unity around the three-week plan,” said Rep. Bradley ByrneBradley Roberts ByrneGOP lawmaker offers resolution to censure Pelosi for holding articles of impeachment GOP rep releases campaign ad ripping Kaepernick, 'The Squad' GOP rep rails against Democrats for rejecting Republican impeachment amendment MORE (R-Ala.). “A four- or five-day CR just means we’re right back in the soup. Let’s get a solution that gets us enough time to actually get this thing worked out.

“Three weeks, yeah, we can get something done. We may not get everything done.”

House Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg WaldenGregory (Greg) Paul WaldenOvernight Energy: Schumer votes against USMCA, citing climate impact | Republicans offer details on their environmental proposals | Microsoft aims to be carbon negative by 2030 Republicans offer details on environmental proposals after Democrats roll out plan Overnight Energy: Cost analysis backing BLM move comes under scrutiny | Republicans eye legislation to rival Dems' climate plan | Report claims top global risks all climate-related MORE (R-Ore.) blamed Democrats for shutting down the government, saying that party ultimately will need to decide how long they want to shutter federal offices.

“Three weeks is fine,” Walden said, while asking, “Why do we keep creating the next cliff?"

"I mean I’m sure [Democrats] would like to shut down the government again right before the State of the Union” on Jan. 30, Walden said.