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McConnell opposes 'nuclear option' in budget debate
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Sunday expressed opposition to using the "nuclear option" to allow the Senate to pass a long-term budget with 51 votes.
"The Republican Conference opposes changing the rules on legislation," a spokesman for McConnell said.
Doing so would allow the party, which holds 51 seats in the Senate, to pass legislation without a single Democratic vote.
The issue came up on the second day of a partial government shutdown. Each party has steadfastly blamed the other for the ongoing shutdown.
Republicans have labeled it the "Schumer Shutdown," in reference to Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), while Democrats have pointed to Trump and Republicans, who have majorities in both chambers of Congress.
Republicans might not have enough votes to pass a funding bill along strict party lines. Four Republicans voted against the legislation on Friday night. Five Democrats voted for it.