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With Shutdown Looming, 2 GOP Congressmen Propose Extension

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Reps. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., left, and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio (Photo by Tom Williams/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 26 Sep 2016 02:04 PM

Congress has only four days to prevent a government shutdown on Saturday, but according to The Hill they don't have a clear path forward.

If Democrats don't accept the short-term spending bill proposed by Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Tuesday, they will be responsible for shutting down the government, Republicans say.

"Sen. McConnell repaid our good faith by trying to jam us with a bill we haven't seen and blocking amendment votes," Adam Jentleson, spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told the Hill.

Democrats are holding out for funding for Flint, Mich., to help residents with tainted drinking water. According to them, it's unfair to provide funds for floor relief in West Virginia, Louisiana and Maryland, but not provide funds for Flint.

"One hundred thousand people in Flint, Mich., are still waiting for their water to be clean and safe," Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., said on the floor of the Senate. "Nine thousand children have already lead exposure that can cause permanent and irreversible damage. It tells Michigan to keep waiting in line."

If an agreement can't be reached before the government's spending authority expires on Oct. 1, Republicans are prepared to introduce an amendment to prevent a shutdown.

Two members of the House Freedom Caucus, Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-NC, plan on introducing an amendment to extend the stop-gap spending bill until Jan. 18 if Congress fails to pass a long-term spending bill in December, The Washington Post reports.

The two hope to avoid either party using the threat of a shutdown as leverage during the usually rushed holiday season.

"I think you have to be cautious about doing major things in a lame-duck session where members are no longer accountable," Jordan said during an appearance on C-SPAN's "Newsmakers." "Bad things happen on spending right before the holidays. We've had five years of experience with that."

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