Senate Republicans have just found themselves looking over the very edge of a political cliff. Senate Democrats just reached a critical benchmark in the back and forth with Republicans that inches ever closer to a government shutdown.
A Democratic aide told the Hill that the Dems are officially able to block the Republicans from gathering the 60 votes needed to pass a temporary spending bill to keep the government afloat.
With McCain absent and several Republicans saying they won’t support the current CR, Senate leaders appear to be 12 to 14 votes short of what they need to avoid a shutdown. Those are big numbers.
— Damian Paletta (@damianpaletta) January 18, 2018
Yes. And with the Republicans it’s not close,” the staffer told The Hill, asked whether Democrats will be able to block the legislation.
Three Republicans — Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Mike Rounds (S.D.) — have also said they will oppose the House plan, bringing the total opponents to 41.
According to The Hill’s whip list, 38 Democratic senators are prepared to vote “no” on the GOP bill in addition to the three Republicans.
Democratic Sens. Maggie Hassan (N.H.) and Tina Smith (Minn.) were the latest Democrats to publicly say they would oppose the bill.
Another 10 Democrats are undecided or unclear, according to The Hill’s list, but it’s possible some of them could also vote against the House GOP’s legislation.
That bill also must still be approved by the House, where conservatives are opposing it.
Congress has been struggling for months to reach an agreement to fund the government, which is currently operating on its third temporary funding extension since the 2018 fiscal year began on Oct. 1. The latest measure expires on Friday.
Agreement on a spending bill has been complicated by a Democratic push to include a deal on the status of “Dreamers” – young adults brought to the country illegally as children. But there are also disagreements over how to proceed within the Republican Party, which holds majorities in both the Senate and House of Representatives.
“We do support the short-term CR,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters, referring to a so-called continuing resolution to fund government operations through Feb. 16.
Too bad that we have treacherous Republicans that are opposing everything that President Trump stands for!
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