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Marc Short: Congress Will Likely Use CR on Spending Bill

Marc Short: Congress Will Likely Use CR on Spending Bill
Marc Short, White House legislative affairs director (Tom Williams/AP)

By    |   Monday, 04 December 2017 12:15 PM

Congress will likely come up with another continuing resolution that will allow more time to continue negotiations on a spending bill rather than shutting down the government, White House Legislative Director Marc Short said Monday.

"I think what Washington has seen as dysfunction in the last several years is Congress's ability to pass an appropriation bills that leads us into the situation of continuing resolutions," Short told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" program. "We're making progress in conversations and we think we can have a deal that paves the way for a spending bill to make sure the government stays functioning and our national security interests are paid for."

The one thing that could get in the way of a resolution in the Senate is that 60 votes are needed, and Democrats have said they want to have the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals issues resolved before a spending bill is reached, Short said.

"If they inject amnesty immigration solution into the debate it could slow it down," Short said. "Again, we believe there will be interest to continue to buy more time to allow us to continue the negotiation."

President Donald Trump has been adamant about not wanting to tie the DACA fix into the budget deal, but Short pointed out that both Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi both have said in the past that they don't believe policy riders should be added to year-end spending bills.

"We want to make sure we strike a bill that first and foremost funds our military," Short said. "There are a lot of national security concerns that we have, particularly, you see what is happening in North Korea."

Over the past 10 years, he added, the military has been "hollowed out," and Trump has said the government needs to be sure the Pentagon's resources are filled.

"The president is also interested in finding a resolution to DACA," Short said. "He believes that should not be tied to a spending bill, or basically you are holding the government hostage."

Meanwhile, the Trump administration believes there will be a tax reform bill on the president's desk during the week of Dec. 18, as there are only a few issues that will need to be reconciled, Short said.

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Congress will likely come up with another continuing resolution that will allow more time to continue negotiations rather than shutting down the government, White House Legislative Director Marc Short said Monday.
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