Pence Pushes Punting In Post-Election
If anyone following the budget wrangling that continues on Capitol Hill is wondering what the latest developments are….
Vice President-elect Mike Pence previewed some of the incoming Trump administration’s priorities on Capitol Hill Thursday while Speaker Paul D. Ryan sought to accommodate the next president by laying plans to punt a government funding debate into next March. With Pence present, Ryan told a House Republican Conference meeting that they would vote on a short-term continuing resolution in the lame-duck session.
The stopgap spending bill would maintain funding for federal agencies and programs through March 31 and replace another short-term CR that expires Dec. 9.
While the move would sync with the Trump’s reported desire to deal with government spending in the spring, once he is in the White House, the decision drew fire from some senators, including Republicans who argued it would be better for the future administration to wrap up the funding question this year.
“We’ve got a lot of appointments to fill. The Senate’s going to be very, very busy,” said South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham. “If we do a CR to March or April, then we’ll have to deal with that at the same time we’re trying to confirm his nominees.”
Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain took to the Senate floor to call backers of the continuing resolution “idiots.”