McConnell backs stopgap bill to fund government into December

McConnell backs stopgap bill to fund government into December
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGraham quips key to working with Trump: We both 'like him' The Hill's Morning Report - ObamaCare here to stay Democrats scramble to unify before election bill brawl MORE (R-Ky.) said Wednesday he would support a "clean" bill that would fund the government into December.

"Yeah, that's something I support," McConnell told reporters when asked about conversations on a continuing resolution (CR) into December.

Congress has until Sept. 30 to fund the federal government and avoid a shutdown roughly a month before the November election.


Talks are underway behind the scenes about how long the stopgap bill should last and what should be attached to it.

McConnell's timeline is at odds with some Democrats, who have suggested that the CR, which continues funding at fiscal 2020 levels, should go into next year, when they hope to control both the House and Senate and have won back the White House.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerFive takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision Senate confirms Chris Inglis as first White House cyber czar Schumer vows to only pass infrastructure package that is 'a strong, bold climate bill' MORE (D-N.Y.) declined on Wednesday to say how long he thought a stopgap funding bill should last.

"We're discussing what time the CR should go to. We haven't formulated our position yet," Schumer told reporters.

Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinDemocrats justified in filibustering GOP, says Schumer Yellen provides signature for paper currency Biden's name will not appear on stimulus checks, White House says MORE has talked with both Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyOn The Money: Sanders: Democrats considering trillion spending package | Weekly jobless claims rise for first time since April Shelby signals GOP can accept Biden's .5T with more for defense Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior MORE (R-Ala.) and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Energy: Lake Mead's decline points to scary water future in West | White House leads opposition to raising gas tax | Biden taps ex-New Mexico lawmaker for USDA post Trump against boycotting Beijing Olympics in 2022 House Democrats' campaign arm raises almost million in May MORE (D-Calif.) about the need to pass a CR this month. Mnuchin and Pelosi have informally agreed to a "clean" CR, meaning it would not include issues that either party views as a poison pill.

"I would hope we could do one sometime in December," Shelby said. "Some people are talking about January, but I don’t think we want to do that."