SHUTDOWN DELAYED? McConnell Says US Needs ‘Government to Remain Open’

The US Senate plans to introduce a short-term spending bill to keep the federal government open for business Wednesday; delaying a full budget vote until February 8 as legislators struggle to reach an agreement surrounding border security.

“The bill would fund the government through Feb. 8, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced. The Senate will take up the measure later Wednesday, the Kentucky Republican said. Lawmakers need to pass spending bills by midnight Friday to avoid a partial shutdown,” writes CNBC.

“We need the government to remain open for the American people,” McConnell told his fellow lawmakers.

“A White House spokesman did not immediately respond to a request to comment on whether Trump would back a short-term spending bill. On Tuesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president would want to see what Congress passes before he decides whether to sign it,” adds the article.

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