McConnell: House Conservatives’ Cuts Won’t Happen in Senate

Thu Aug 31, 2023 AT 10:35 AM EDT

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested Wednesday Congress will pass a short-term spending resolution to avoid a government shutdown. 

Lawmakers in the upper chamber are slated to return to Washington from their summer recess Tuesday and will have to hustle to either advance a dozen federal spending measures before the end of the month or produce a continuing resolution that will keep money flowing to the government.

“I think we will end up with a short-term [continuing] resolution probably into December as we struggle to figure out exactly what the government’s spending level is gonna be next year,” the Kentucky Republican said, while describing the upcoming spending fight and possibility of a shutdown as a “pretty big mess.” 

The Senate’s spending recommendations are at odds with demands by the House Freedom Caucus, that include spending cuts and securing the southern border. Read Full Story

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