McConnell floats short-term funding extension as shutdown deadline nears

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called for a short-term funding extension on Tuesday as Washington stares down a Jan. 19 deadline to fund the government.

The statement puts McConnell, the Senate’s top Republican, in conflict with Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), who swore off short-term funding measures, known as continuing resolutions, in November.

Johnson may have to walk back those comments if he wants to avoid a shutdown. The speaker announced a deal on top-line spending with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) over the weekend, but the two chambers have a ways to go negotiating the 12 appropriations bills that make up that figure.

“Obviously we are going to have to pass a CR as well,” McConnell told reporters as he underscored the importance of passing funding for Ukraine. He deferred to Schumer and Johnson on the length of such a continuing resolution.

The acknowledgment represents a dose
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