Speaking on the Senate floor this morning, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) and Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) both said they would block any future spending measure that does not fund the military for the remainder of the fiscal year (through September 30). Later this week, the Senate will vote on, and is expected to pass, a stopgap resolution that keep all areas of the government funded through April 8. Beyond that, many lawmakers from both parties have said they will not support another short-term spending bill of any kind:
“We can’t do this to the men and women who are serving to deprive them of the equipment, the training and the wherewithal when we’re in two wars, and it’s vital in my view that we not allow another continuing resolution without addressing the defense appropriations bill … and we should be for the remainder of the year,” McCain said.
McConnell said he agreed with McCain and added “with total confidence” that both the House and the Senate will not pass any further stopgap funding bills without a longer-term defense appropriations bill.
“I don’t intend myself to support another continuing resolution that does not contain the full-year defense appropriation bill,” McConnell said. “I think everybody understands the urgency of that. My friend from Arizona, our leader, on these issues has been very clear and articulate about it, and I can say with total confidence that the House and Senate are not going to be passing another continuing resolution without the funding for the Defense Department for the remainder of this fiscal year.”