Senate agreement over funding US gov’t-McConnell

WASHINGTON, Dec 19 (BestGrowthStock) – U.S. Senate leaders have
reached a compromise on a short-term funding measure that would
keep the government running through March, Senate Minority
Leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday.

McConnell told CNN’s “State of the Union” that he and the
Senate majority leader, Democrat Harry Reid, agreed to fund the
government into early next year, when the new Congress convenes
with Republicans in control of the House of Representatives and
greater clout in the Senate.

“We’re going to pass a short-term continuing resolution
over into March,” McConnell said.

Lawmakers failed to pass a budget for the current fiscal
year, which started on Oct. 1, and thus have extended last
year’s budget to fund the operation of everything from nuclear
submarines to national parks.

On Friday, Congress voted unanimously to extend government
funding through Tuesday to avoid a shutdown after lawmakers
failed to agree on a long-term solution to a stark partisan
divide over spending.

Senate Democrats had hoped to pass a detailed, $1.1
trillion spending bill to cover the rest of the fiscal year,
but they abandoned that effort on Thursday night in the face of
unified Republican opposition.

Republicans want to extend current funding beyond January,
when they will take control of the House and hold a larger
number of seats in the Senate.
(Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Vicki Allen)

Senate agreement over funding US gov’t-McConnell