House Democrats will oppose a short-term spending bill when it comes to the floor Thursday afternoon, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said hours before.
The announcement puts the onus on GOP leaders to gather the 217 votes they’ll need to pass the measure largely on their own –– a feat they’ve been unable to accomplish on a long list of budget bills going back to 2011, when they took the House gavel.
With government spending set to expire at the end of the day Friday, Congress is racing to pass a two-week extension before that deadline –– an effort to buy them more time to negotiate a larger deal to fund the government through next September.
Pelosi said Democrats have no interest in a government shutdown, but they can’t support the GOP’s continuing resolution (CR) because it omits a long list of provisions the Democrats consider must-pass this year, including protections for so-called “Dreamers” and funding for the opioid crisis, hurricane and wildfire relief, veterans issues and pension protections.
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