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 PelosiPelosi: Ginsburg successor must uphold commitment to 'equality, opportunity and justice for all' Bipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death Pelosi orders Capitol flags at half-staff to honor Ginsburg 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 Democrats postpone vote on marijuana decriminalization bill Democrats scramble on COVID-19 relief amid division, Trump surprise The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Pence lauds Harris as 'experienced debater'; Trump, Biden diverge over debate prep 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 John TrumpObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy 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 Terner MnuchinLawmakers fear voter backlash over failure to reach COVID-19 relief deal United Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid House Democrats plan to unveil bill next week to avert shutdown 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 SchumerPelosi orders Capitol flags at half-staff to honor Ginsburg Ginsburg in statement before her death said she wished not to be replaced until next president is sworn in Democrats call for NRA Foundation to be prohibited from receiving donations from federal employees 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 ShelbySenate GOP eyes early exit Dems discussing government funding bill into February GOP short of votes on Trump's controversial Fed pick MORE (R-Ala.) on Tuesday floated a bill that would fund the government through Dec. 18.