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 McConnellMcConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling Franken targets senators from both parties in new comedy tour Woodward: Milley was 'setting in motion sensible precautions' with calls to China 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.

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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 SchumerLouisiana delegation split over debt hike bill with disaster aid The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Government shutdown fears increase as leaders dig in McConnell signals Senate GOP will oppose combined debt ceiling-funding 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 MnuchinMenendez, Rubio ask Yellen to probe meatpacker JBS The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Biden rallies Senate Dems behind mammoth spending plan Mnuchin dodges CNBC questions on whether Trump lying over election MORE has talked with both Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyMcConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling Louisiana delegation split over debt hike bill with disaster aid McConnell privately urged GOP senators to oppose debt ceiling hike MORE (R-Ala.) and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats seek to cool simmering tensions Louisiana delegation split over debt hike bill with disaster aid House Democrats unveil legislation to curtail presidential power 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."