King on stopgap funding measures: ‘This is no way to govern’

Sen. Angus KingAngus Stanley KingOvernight Defense: Dems grill Trump Army, Air Force picks | House chair subpoenas Trump Afghanistan negotiator | Trump officials release military aid to Ukraine Democrats grill Army, Air Force nominees on military funding for border wall Bipartisan panel to issue recommendations for defending US against cyberattacks early next year MORE (I-Maine) said on Thursday he will not vote for a short-term funding bill, known as a continuing resolution (CR), saying it is not a proper way to govern. 

"I'm sick of voting for CRs. This is no way to govern. We haven't had a budget in 20 years on time. We've had five CRs a year. This is the fourth one this year," King told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day." 


"I think we've got to close this escape hatch, stop voting for CRs, and tell the leadership they're going to have to make their deals and then we'll get it done," he continued. 

House Republicans pitched the plan, which would keep the government funded until mid-February, in an effort to avoid a government shutdown. 

The measure includes a six-year extension of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and delays three ObamaCare taxes. 

King is the latest senator to come out against the plan. 

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate Judiciary Committee requests consultation with admin on refugee admissions Trump reignites court fight with Ninth Circuit pick Trump judicial picks face rare GOP opposition MORE said on Wednesday he was against the plan, meaning Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Energy: California, 23 other states sue Trump over vehicle emissions rule | Climate strike protests hit cities across globe | Interior watchdog expands scope of FOIA investigation | Dems accuse officials of burying climate reports Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers say Zuckerberg to 'cooperate' on antitrust probes | Dems see victory after McConnell backs election security funds | Twitter takes down fake pro-Saudi accounts Liberal super PAC launches browser extension replacing 'Mitch McConnell' with 'Moscow Mitch' MORE (R-Ky.) will need 10 Democratic votes to prevent a shutdown.

House Republicans are close to passing the measure; however, many members of the staunchly conservative House Freedom Caucus have vowed to come out against the measure unless a conservative immigration bill is put on the floor.