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Dems discussing government funding bill into February

Dems discussing government funding bill into February
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Congressional Democrats are discussing a stopgap bill to fund the government into February, sources told The Hill.

A spokesman for House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSunday shows preview: Democrats eye two-part infrastructure push; Michigan coronavirus cases surge Pence pleaded with military officials to 'clear the Capitol' on Jan. 6: AP Democrats see political winner in tax fight MORE (D-Calif.), asked about the possibility, said it was discussed during a closed-door leadership meeting but no decision was made.

Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerHouse to vote on DC statehood, gender pay gap Moderate Democrats warn leaders against meddling in Iowa race Democrats vow to go 'bold' — with or without GOP MORE (D-Md.) both held calls on Tuesday with the New Democrat Coalition, comprised of party centrists, with a source familiar with the discussion saying the plan for House Democrats “seems” to be to push for a continuing resolution (CR) into February. A House Democratic aide said that while discussions are ongoing, “most Democrats prefer an end date in 2021.”

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The discussions come as Congress and the administration have until Sept. 30 to pass and have President TrumpDonald TrumpHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Man arrested for allegedly threatening to stab undercover Asian officer in NYC Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech MORE sign a bill to fund the government and avoid an election-year shutdown. 

Lawmakers are expected to use a CR, which would continue funding at fiscal 2020 levels. Neither chamber has unveiled legislation yet, but Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinDemocrats justified in filibustering GOP, says Schumer Yellen provides signature for paper currency Biden's name will not appear on stimulus checks, White House says MORE has said he wants to wrap up negotiations this week, and Hoyer is eyeing a vote in the House early next week. 

Democrats have been privately haggling over what their strategy should be, with the talks focusing on two options: supporting a CR until December or pushing for a longer bill that goes into early next year. 

A shorter bill, supporters hope, would force Congress to reach a larger funding deal before the end of the year. But a bill that lasts into next year would take a lame-duck shutdown fight off the table and give Democrats more leverage if Democratic nominee Joe Biden is elected president. 

Neither Pelosi nor Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerThe first Southern state legalizes marijuana — what it means nationally H.R. 1/S. 1: Democrats defend their majorities, not honest elections McCarthy asks FBI, CIA for briefing after two men on terror watchlist stopped at border MORE (D-N.Y.) has publicly committed themselves to a timeline.

But pushing for a CR into next year would put them at loggerheads with Republicans, who are backing a bill that lasts until mid-December. 

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyFive takeaways from Biden's first budget proposal Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists Biden defense budget criticized by Republicans, progressives alike MORE (R-Ala.) on Tuesday floated a bill that would fund the government through Dec. 18.