Senators' last-minute demands may delay funding bill

Senators on both sides of the aisle are making last-minute demands of Senate leaders and threatening to hold up a bill to fund the government until Feb. 8.

The stopgap bill was expected to pass Wednesday evening but could wind up being delayed until Thursday. 

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Sen. Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesOvernight Health Care: Dem chair plans hearing on Medicare for all | Senate GOP talks drug prices with Trump health chief | PhRMA CEO hopeful Trump reverses course on controversial pricing proposal On The Money: Shutdown Day 26 | Pelosi calls on Trump to delay State of the Union | Cites 'security concerns' | DHS chief says they can handle security | Waters lays out agenda | Senate rejects effort to block Trump on Russia sanctions Senate rejects effort to block Trump on Russia sanctions MORE (R-Mont.) and Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterCentrist efforts to convince Trump to end shutdown falter Dems offer measure to raise minimum wage to per hour Some Senate Dems see Ocasio-Cortez as weak spokeswoman for party MORE (D-Mont.) are leading an effort to include legislation reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and passage of the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act, according to Senate aides.

Daines argued at a recent press conference that his constituents don’t have access to 1.5 million acres of public lands in Montana.

“Jon has been very vocal about demanding that Congress permanently reauthorize and fully fund LWCF and he supports getting it done before Congress adjourns,” said Marnee Banks, a spokeswoman for Tester. 

Sens. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerOn The Money: Shutdown Day 26 | Pelosi calls on Trump to delay State of the Union | Cites 'security concerns' | DHS chief says they can handle security | Waters lays out agenda | Senate rejects effort to block Trump on Russia sanctions Senate rejects effort to block Trump on Russia sanctions Overnight Defense: Trump faces blowback over report he discussed leaving NATO | Pentagon extends mission on border | Senate advances measure bucking Trump on Russia sanctions MORE (R-Colo.), Dan SullivanDaniel Scott SullivanTrump tells GOP senators he’s sticking to Syria and Afghanistan pullout  Dems blast EPA nominee at confirmation hearing GOP reasserts NATO support after report on Trump’s wavering MORE (R-Alaska) and Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrManafort developments trigger new ‘collusion’ debate Three GOP Senate candidates, NRA may have illegally coordinated ads: report Cohen to testify publicly before Congress MORE (R-N.C.) also support the effort, according to a Senate GOP aide.

Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinCentrist efforts to convince Trump to end shutdown falter Bipartisan group of senators will urge Trump to reopen government for 3 weeks Leaders nix recess with no shutdown deal in sight MORE (D-W.Va.), meanwhile, is pushing for legislation benefiting miners to be attached to the short-term spending package. 

He wants to include an extension of the coal excise tax to fund the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, and an expansion of the Coal Act to cover "orphan" miners from 2018 bankruptcies and a fix to the United Mine Workers of America. 

“Our nation’s coal miners made a commitment to provide our nation with the energy we needed to power our nation to prosperity and they risked their health and lives to do so. Now is not the time to pull back on funding or abandon our miners in their hour of need. It is time for us to keep our full promise to them and ensure their benefits are not lost,” Manchin wrote in a letter to Senate and House leaders.

Sens. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerLeaders nix recess with no shutdown deal in sight Mobile providers at center of privacy storm Senators restart shutdown talks — and quickly hit roadblocks MORE (D-Va.), Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyWHIP LIST: Who’s in and out in the 2020 race Senators' last-minute demands may delay funding bill Would-be 2020 Dem candidates head for the exits MORE Jr. (D-Pa.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineMcConnell: Senate will not recess if government still shutdown Kaine threatens to object to Senate leaving for recess Senators restart shutdown talks — and quickly hit roadblocks MORE (D-Va.) and Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownCentrist efforts to convince Trump to end shutdown falter The Hill's Morning Report — Trump’s attorney general pick passes first test Brown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration MORE (D-Ohio) also signed the letter.