New Minn. Senator Laments Short-Term Budget Fixes, But Proposes 2-Day Fix New Minn. Senator Laments Short-Term Budget Fixes, But Proposes 2-Day Fix – NTK Network

New Minn. Senator Laments Short-Term Budget Fixes, But Proposes 2-Day Fix

The newly sworn-in Senator from Minnesota gave two very conflicting statements about the continuing resolution before the U.S. Senate.

By NTK Staff | 01.19.2018 @2:45pm

Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN), who was sworn into the United States Senate just over two weeks ago, gave two very conflicting statements about supporting a short-term continuing resolution to prevent a government shutdown during an interview on CNN Friday.

CNN’s Alisyn Camerota asked Smith how she would vote on the short-term continuing resolution that is scheduled to be voted on in the Senate on Friday.

“I can’t vote for this so-called continuing resolution,” Smith told Camerota. “Our great country cannot be run a month at a time. These short-term budget fixes don’t really fix anything, and we need to get to the negotiating table and come to an agreement on issues that I think in most part we already have agreement on.”

Despite Smith’s opposition to passing the current continuing resolution that is before the Senate, which would keep the government open until mid-February, the Minnesota senator said she would support an even shorter-term continuing resolution that would keep the government open for only a few days.

Camerota asked Smith about her support for this even shorter-term continuing resolution.

“Well, I think if we can agree to come to the table, then we, if the Republicans could agree to sit down and negotiate with the Democrats, which is what they need to do, I think we could resolve this in a few days,” Smith responded to Camerota’s question.

Smith gave a less convoluted answer about supporting an even shorter-term continuing resolution during an interview with MPR News, on Friday.

From MPR News‘ interview with Smith:

“There is talk about a very short-term, continuing resolution in order to keep talking. Would you vote for that?”

“I think that that would be a really good solution. It will certainly take us a little while to get these issues worked out and if we all come to the table in good faith, I’m confident that we could do that in a couple of days. We would support that kind of short-term fix because it is very focused on getting a final agreement as opposed to this oh let’s do a continuing resolution, a short-term budget for another month and then we’re right back where we were, and we’re not making progress.”

On the one hand, the newly sworn-in Senator is opposed to keeping the government open for a month, which would give Republicans and Democrats enough time to work out a deal, but on the other hand, she supports keeping the government open for only a few days.

If she truly believes what she said on CNN that “short-term budget fixes don’t really fix anything,” then why would Smith support an even shorter-term resolution but not a month-long resolution?

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