AS HOUSE PASSES CR TO FUND GOVERNMENT, SENATE THREATENS TO NOT DO SO - December 9, 2016
Shutdown Looms as Senate Democrats Refuse to Back Down Over Miners' Benefits
By Eric Katz, Government Executive
Senate Democrats are threatening a short-lived government shutdown this weekend, indicating Thursday night they would not go along with a stopgap measure that would keep agencies open past Friday.
The House on Thursday easily approved the continuing resolution to fund government through April 28, but several senators, led by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., objected to the short-term nature of the extension of health care benefits for 16,000 coal miners. The CR would provide the benefits through the duration of the funding bill, but Manchin and his Democratic allies have insisted on a longer-term solution.