Democratic senators weigh stopgap spending bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Democratic senators on Thursday said they were discussing putting forward a temporary government funding bill that also could pay for military activities through September 30.

But the measure likely would not have the $12 billion in additional spending cuts that the House of Representatives approved on Thursday, to which Democrats object. It also would not contain social policy issues that House Republicans are demanding.

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad and Assistant Senate Majority Leader Richard Durbin told reporters that an alternative was being discussed. But Durbin said it would take a unanimous agreement from the Senate to push it through quickly.

(Reporting by Donna Smith; Editing by Eric Beech)

Democratic senators weigh stopgap spending bill