White House Threatens To Veto McConnell’s Short-Term Spending Bill

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Juliegrace Brufke Capitol Hill Reporter
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The White House threatened to veto a short-term spending bill Friday that is designed to keep the government funded through part of December.

The move comes just a day after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a continuing resolution that omitted a number of Democrat’s demands, including aide for the Flint water crisis and language to restore the Export-Import Bank’s full power.

Democrats said they will block the measure, although McConnell maintains he introduced a clean bill with the addition of funding for the Zika crisis, opioid epidemic and the Toxic Substances Control Act. Critics also slammed language in the bill preventing the Securities and Exchange Commission from requiring companies to disclose political donations.

The Obama administration echoed congressional Democrats’ sentiment about the legislation, saying there is no way the president will sign the bill in its current form.

“You know, one of the reasons I was a little late in joining you all today is I had an opportunity to talk with the president in the Oval Office about this proposal, and after that conversation it’s not at all clear to me that he is prepared to sign this bill because he believes that Congress has got some work to do,” Earnest told reporters Friday.

Congress has until Sept. 30 to pass a funding measure to prevent a government shutdown.

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