Voters may remember the Tea Party’s government shutdown in 2013, but Senate Democrats are the ones stonewalling before the 2016 deadline, on Sept. 30.
With just a week left to pass a continuing resolution (CR) before the government shuts down, Senate Democrats are pledging continued opposition to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s bill.
The hangup is over funding “demanded by Democrats to address lead-tainted water problems in Flint, Michigan.”
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has led the charge against McConnell’s CR.
The majority leader has been mostly silent on the issue of Flint funding, but Speaker Paul Ryan said Flint “is more of a local government issue.”
Ryan also alluded to $220 million of infrastructure funding in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) – which includes Flint. The Senate passed WRDA and the House will take it up next week.
Bloomberg notes that McConnell’s bill “continue[s] spending at current levels,” but also “provide[s] additional funding to combat the Zika virus and address flooding damage in Louisiana, West Virginia and Maryland.”
Another potential hang-up is Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) insistence that the U.S. government retain control over Internet domains through ICANN, but members in both chambers seem to care less about his 2016 fight than his 2013 shutdown.
Speaking of 2013, it remains to be seen whether Senate Dems’ stonewalling will impact the close race for Senate control in 2016. Senate Dems are slipping in a number of states, and a potential government shutdown is not likely to help.
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