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. 


Sen. Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesRepublicans up for reelection fear daylight with Trump Overnight Defense: Senate breaks with Trump on Yemen war | Shanahan hit with ethics complaint over Boeing ties | Pentagon rolls out order to implement transgender ban | Dem chair throws cold water on Space Force budget Senate breaks with Trump on Saudi-led war in Yemen MORE (R-Mont.) and Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterSanders, Ocasio-Cortez back 'end the forever war' pledge Dems wrestle over how to vote on ‘Green New Deal’ White House pleads with Senate GOP on emergency declaration 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 GardnerOvernight Health Care: CDC pushes for expanding HIV testing, treatment | Dem group launches ads attacking Trump on Medicare, Medicaid cuts | Hospitals, insurers spar over surprise bills | O'Rourke under pressure from left on Medicare for all Dem group launches ads attacking Trump's 'hypocrisy on Medicare and Medicaid cuts' Trump keeps tight grip on GOP MORE (R-Colo.), Dan SullivanDaniel Scott SullivanOvernight Defense: Senate rejects border emergency in rebuke to Trump | Acting Pentagon chief grilled on wall funding | Warren confronts chief over war fund budget Pentagon chief calls reports of charges to allies erroneous: 'We won't do cost plus 50' Koch-backed group pushes for new limits on Trump's tariff authority MORE (R-Alaska) and Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrGOP's Tillis comes under pressure for taking on Trump Warner says there are 'enormous amounts of evidence' suggesting Russia collusion McCarthy dismisses Democrat's plans: 'Show me where the president did anything to be impeached' MORE (R-N.C.) also support the effort, according to a Senate GOP aide.

Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinManchin says he won't support LGBTQ protection bill as written Senators offer bipartisan bill to fix 'retail glitch' in GOP tax law Murkowski, Manchin call for 'responsible solutions' to climate change 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 WarnerDems request probe into spa owner suspected of trying to sell access to Trump Live video of New Zealand shooting puts tech on defensive The Hill's Morning Report — Trump readies first veto after latest clash with Senate GOP MORE (D-Va.), Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyOvernight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Trump health chief reveals talks with states on Medicaid block grants | New head of FDA faces tough test | Trump officials defends work requirements in court Trump health chief reveals talks with states on Medicaid block grants The Hill's 12:30 Report: Manafort sentenced to total of 7.5 years in prison MORE Jr. (D-Pa.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineDem senator wants Trump to extend immigration protections to Venezuelans Pentagon sends Congress list of projects that could lose funds to Trump's emergency declaration The Hill's Morning Report - 2020 Dems grapple with race, gender and privilege MORE (D-Va.) and Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownSherrod Brown on Trump pressuring GM: He 'finally woke up' Congress must break its addiction to unjust tax extenders Appeals court upholds Ohio law to defund Planned Parenthood clinics MORE (D-Ohio) also signed the letter.