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McConnell Sets Vote on Funding Bill, Says It Took 'Many Hours of Bipartisan Work'

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By    |   Thursday, 22 Sep 2016 03:24 PM

Senate Majority Leader Rep. Mitch McConnell said he has set a vote for Oct. 1 on a "clean" funding resolution to avoid a government shutdown, according to The Hill.

Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski, a Democrat, said the bill "falls short" because it does not include funding to help Flint, Mich., rebuild its water infrastructure.

"One hundred thousand people in Flint, Mich., are still waiting for their water to be clean and safe," Mikulski said. "Nine thousand children have already had lead exposure that can cause permanent and irreversible damage. It tells Michigan to keep waiting in line."

McConnell said his resolution gives Democrats what they wanted, "a clean, continuing resolution."

"It's the result of many, many hours of bipartisan work across the aisle," he said.

The Kentucky Republican said the measure contains funding for flood relief in Louisiana, West Virginia, and Maryland, and emergency funding to fight the Zika virus. A GOP aide said the resolution dropped a provision championed by Sen. Ted Cruz to block President Obama from ceding control of the Internet domain names to an international body.

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada said he didn't know why the Republicans were putting forward the proposal to avoid shutting down the government.

"I can't imagine why the Republicans would do this. They've shut it down for 17 days before. I guess they're just getting warmed up to do it again," Reid said, referring to the government shutdown over Obamacare in 2013.

Reid's senior aide Adam Jentleson, sent an email to reporters which said McConnell blocked Democrats by not giving them advance notice he was filing a motion to start action on the resolution.

"McConnell repaid our good faith by trying to jam us with a bill we haven't seen and blocking amendment votes," Jentleson said.

Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy, a Republican, said Senate Republicans have not abandoned Flint funding, and are planning a water resources bill vote that could include it.

"We know that Flint funding is going to happen," Cassidy said.

He said money to help Louisiana was confirmed, "so we don't have to play with peoples' lives in Louisiana."

Cassidy added more money would be set for Louisiana in the full government spending bill in December.

Democrats also objected to McConnell's keeping of a policy rider which blocks the Securities and Exchange Commission from requiring companies to reveal their political spending. Republicans said it would take a new rider to terminate the current one.

New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, said new financial disclosure rules are important for the SEC.

"People need to know who's giving money to whom," Shaheen said. "They can better make a decision about whom to vote for."

Few in Washington believe a shutdown is likely, according to The Hill. A deal between Republicans and Democrats appears close, but Republican leaders have to approve a stopgap bill by the end of September.

Sen. Reid said Republican demands were preventing a deal, and filed a motion to act on a proposal he said also contained no add-on policy language. He said starting today would "ensure there is adequate time to finish" before current funding runs out.

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