Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed Wednesday that legislators will hold a key vote to fully fund the federal government through February 8th; a last-ditch effort to “ensure continuous funding for the federal government” and avert a partial shutdown.
“Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Wednesday the Senate will consider a stopgap measure to continue funding the government and avert a shutdown later this week – but it won’t include President Trump’s desired $5 billion for border wall funding because of the ‘reality of our political moment,’” writes Fox News.
Later this morning, we’ll introduce a continuing resolution that will ensure continuous funding for the federal government. The measure will provide the resources necessary to continue normal operations through February 8th.
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) December 19, 2018
“Later this morning, we’ll introduce a continuing resolution that will ensure continuous funding for the federal government,” McConnell, R-Ky., said on the Senate floor. “The measure will provide the resources necessary to continue normal operations through February 8th.”
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BREAKING: McConnell to Call for Full Vote on 'Criminal Justice Reform' This Month
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed Tuesday that he will call for a full vote on a highly-anticipated criminal reform justice bill as early as next week; saying he plans to introduce the legislation “at the request of the president.”
“At the request of the president and following improvements to the legislation that has been secured by several members, the Senate will take up the revised Criminal Justice Bill this month,” said McConnell.
The legislation enjoys bipartisan support from both Republicans and Democrats and the full endorsement of President Trump, who met with activists and local leaders in recent months surrounding criminal justice and prison reforms.
The new bill seeks to lower the number of Americans in prison, particularly those with non-violent crimes and first-time offenses.
“We have the votes, we’re very confident,” said a spokesperson for Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley.
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DONE DEAL: McConnell Says GOP HAS THE VOTES to Pass Tax Bill
The White House and top GOP lawmakers believe they have the votes necessary to pass the most significant overhaul of the nation’s tax code in decades; with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell telling reporters, “We have the votes.”
According to Fox News, Republican legislators have reached the 50-vote threshold –the minimum needed to pass the proposed bill- but are actively pursuing more support from fellow colleagues to ensure the legislative victory.
The announcement comes as key GOP Senators who were initially skeptical of the proposal threw their support behind the bill; including Senators John McCain, Jeff Flake, and Ron Johnson.
“Republican Senators are working hard to pass the biggest Tax Cuts in the history of our Country. The Bill is getting better and better. This is a once in a generation chance. Obstructionist Dems trying to block because they think it is too good and will not be given the credit!” President Trump tweeted Friday morning.
Republicans Senators are working hard to pass the biggest Tax Cuts in the history of our Country. The Bill is getting better and better. This is a once in a generation chance. Obstructionist Dems trying to block because they think it is too good and will not be given the credit!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2017
If passed, the proposed legislation would provide a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s outdated and overly-complicated tax; reducing the income tax brackets for individuals and slashing the corporate tax rate to “unleash” American businesses.
The bill is expected to move to the Senate floor Friday afternoon.