Republicans ready new bid to avoid shutdown

Republicans ready new bid to avoid shutdown

By Ben Weyl (Politico) –

Senate Republicans plan to strip Louisiana disaster aid money from a stalled stopgap spending bill, in a move that could resolve Democratic objections to the legislation — and stave off a government shutdown at the end of the week.

The move comes after Democrats voted Tuesday to reject the stopgap spending measure — which would keep the government open until Dec. 9 — because the package provides money for Louisiana and other states but does nothing to address the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to submit a revised text with no disaster relief as early as Tuesday, a senior GOP leadership aide said. The Kentucky Republican floated the idea at a news conference shortly before the procedural vote failed 45-55, far short of the 60 vote threshold.

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