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Majority Leader Schumer Floor Remarks On Approving Legislation To Fund The Government

Washington, D.C.   Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding approving legislation this week to keep the government funded until March 11th. Senator Schumer also provided an update on negotiations over a full year agreement to fund the government. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:

Our other priority this week will be approving legislation to keep the government open until March 11th, so we can give appropriators from both parties more time to draft a yearlong omnibus funding bill.

[Here’s] another place we're making bipartisan progress, led by Senators Leahy and Shelby and their counterparts in the House, Representatives DeLauro and Granger. We have come to good agreements on top-line numbers, and we can move forward, not with a [long-term] CR—which simply just reenacts what's been in place last year despite the need for changes in many ways—but we can enact what we call an omnibus, which is what we should be doing.

We’ve had positive conversations and Democrats are united to keep the government open so we can achieve this omnibus. We will continue working with the Republican Leadership to move forward on a CR before the deadline later this week.