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.
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