The Senate on Friday rejected a House-passed measure to keep the government funded past Sept. 30, signaling that Senate Democrats are ready for an eleventh-hour fight with House Republicans over billions of dollars in disaster aid in the bill.
By a vote of 59 to 36, the Senate tabled the $1.043 trillion resolution to funding the government from Oct. 1 through Nov. 18. Congress has to send some kind of temporary funding measure to the president’s desk by Sept. 30 or the government will shut down.
Seems Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid can’t stomach the notion of offsetting the costs of disaster relief, thus showing an incredible obliviousness to the federal government’s burgeoning budget deficits.
He’d rather see the government shut down than hold the line on spending at a time of record deficits. Guess he prefers pandering to Democratic special interests to acting in the national interest.
Senate Democrats just want this Congress to fail.