Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the House introduced legislation to fund the government until March 11th as negotiations continue on a full year funding agreement. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:
Yesterday, our colleagues in the House introduced legislation that will provide a temporary extension of government funding at until March 11th. The Continuing Resolution is expected to be taken up as soon as today, and once it is passed by the House I intend to have the Senate take it up quickly and in time before the February 18th deadline.
So, while negotiations on a full year funding agreement continue, we will in the meantime avoid a pointless and costly government shutdown. This CR provides a little more time to reach a deal for a spending package; it is the responsible and prudent path forward that eliminates the risk of a shutdown.
My colleagues have made good progress, and I am optimistic that Democrats and Republicans can soon arrive at a topline deal for an omnibus. I am more confident than ever before that we can reach agreement for an omnibus by March 11th, which is far more preferable to the alternative, a CR for the rest of the year.