On Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer went off on the House stopgap funding bill and called it a loser.
The Hill reported: “It’s a loser in terms of the things that this country needs. We could easily sit down and come to an agreement that would get the support of a majority of both sides,” Schumer said from the Senate floor.
Schumer added that if “God forbid, there’s a shutdown, it will fall on the majority leader’s shoulders and the president’s shoulders.”
House Republicans are pitching a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government through mid-February.
It would include a six-year authorization for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, a delay of ObamaCare’s medical device and Cadillac taxes for two years, and the health insurance tax for one year starting in 2019.
Congress has until Friday night to delay a shutdown, the fourth back-to-back deadline for a stopgap measure.
Republicans will need at least nine Democratic votes to get a short-term funding bill through the Senate.
But Democrats are remaining coy about if they will support another short-term bill. Eighteen Democrats, including Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), voted for the December legislation.
H/T The Hill