Durbin: Democrats not willing to extend short-term funding past January

Sen. Dick DurbinDick DurbinFour questions that deserve answers at the Guantanamo oversight hearing Senate dodges initial December crisis with last-minute deal Conservatives target Biden pick for New York district court MORE (D-Ill.) said on Sunday that Democrats are only willing to extend government funding through Jan. 30 because they want to avoid short-term bills that don't address long-term budget issues. 

"This is the fourth CR this fiscal year," Durbin told NBC's Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press," referring to a stopgap funding measure known as a continuing resolution.  


"There are people, even five Republicans, who voted against the cloture on the continuing resolution because they're sick as well of these continuing resolutions. So you say, 'Why don't we wait another three weeks, another four weeks?' It has to come to end, and it will, if and when the president shows the leadership that we expect of him as president," he said. 

Senate Democrats and Republicans failed to reach a government funding deal by midnight on Friday, resulting in a shutdown.

Democrats opposed the House's continuing resolution because it did not include a fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. President TrumpDonald TrumpGOP grapples with chaotic Senate primary in Pennsylvania ​​Trump social media startup receives commitment of billion from unidentified 'diverse group' of investors Iran thinks it has the upper hand in Vienna — here's why it doesn't MORE announced last year that he was ending the Obama-era program, which shields certain immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children from deportation. 

The resolution also pushed budget discussions until mid-February. 

Republicans have accused Senate Democrats of holding the government hostage.