Republicans weigh one-week stopgap
There has been some indication that things could be headed in this direction, and now House and Senate Republicans are openly discussing the idea of a very short-term (one week) continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown.
From Ed O’Keefe and Rosalind S. Helderman:
Senate Republicans are floating the idea of quickly passing a one-week continuing resolution to keep the government funded.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is circulating the idea among senators, his office said Monday afternoon.
“Despite the Democrats’ refusal to work with the House to solve the problem, Republicans are working to protect the troops, prevent a shutdown and find solutions to the difficulties cause by Senate Democrats’ delays,” said McConnell spokesman Don Stewart.
House Republicans are also discussing the possibility if passing a one-week stopgap measure, Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) told reporters.
The goal would be to “To buy some time,” Lamborn said. “I don’t think we’re going to have a solution by midnight.”
“If we’ve tried our best options, then I would say we need to try something else,” he added. “I don’t think we should try the same things over and over again. I think only a small minority of people say that.”
But Senate Democrats are expected to reject the offer of a one-week extension, arguing that the current plan is already to extend government for a brief period of six weeks.
“There isn’t a lot of interest in creating another week to extend negotiations that don’t exist,” said one senior Senate Democratic aide.
Such an agreement on a stopgap measure, of course, would only temporarily delay the current debate and bring it closer to the upcoming debt limit debate.