McConnell unexpectedly rejects Democrats' funding bill, leaving U.S. on the verge of government shutdown

McConnell unexpectedly rejects Democrats' funding bill, leaving U.S. on the verge of government shutdown

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) rejected the government funding resolution House Democrats introduced Monday, leaving the U.S. government on the verge of a shutdown.

The current government funding package only lasts another nine days, so on Monday, Democrats released a draft resolution that would extend in through Dec. 11. But McConnell alleged the Democrats’ proposal “shamefully leaves out key relief and support” for farmers via Commodity Credit Corp. funding — though CNN reports the Trump administration views those funds as “an unaccountable political slush fund.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Sunday rejected the idea that she’d use the spending bill as leverage to stop Senate Republicans from filling Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat. “None of us has any interest in shutting down government, that has such a harmful and shameful impact on so many people in our country,” she said, adding that “we have arrows in our quiver.”

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