The Corner

Senate Votes Today on House CR

The Senate will vote later today on a House-passed continuing resolution that funds the government through Nov. 18 and replenishes the dwindling account of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to the tune of $3.65 billion. That is roughly half the amount that Senate Democrats had wanted, and furthermore, about $1.1 billion of that funding is offset with spending cuts, which Democrats have described as “job-killing.” So Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) has opted to amend the House bill to simply remove those spending offsets and call it a compromise. Unfortunately for Reid, he doesn’t have the Republican votes to pass such a measure. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) argued this much on the Senate floor last Friday, urging Reid to hold the vote then to get it out of the way, but Reid refused.

At the time, Reid’s refusal was bizarre given his insistence that FEMA would run out of money early this week. But he reasoned the extra couples of days would be enough to pressure some Republicans into supporting the amended House bill. But according to all accounts on Capitol Hill, that hasn’t happened. Not surprisingly, Democrats are now singing a different tune when it comes to FEMA funding, saying it has enough to last through Thursday or Friday. House GOP aides insist that the Senate has “no endgame” other than to pass the House-passed CR in its entirety. House members are on recess all week anyway, so the ball is in the Senate’s court. Congress has until Sept. 30 to approve a new funding resolution or the government will “shut down.”

Stay tuned.

Andrew Stiles — Andrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online. He previously worked at the Washington Free Beacon, and was an intern at The Hill newspaper. Stiles is a 2009 ...

Most Popular

U.S.

The Gun-Control Debate Could Break America

Last night, the nation witnessed what looked a lot like an extended version of the famous “two minutes hate” from George Orwell’s novel 1984. During a CNN town hall on gun control, a furious crowd of Americans jeered at two conservatives, Marco Rubio and Dana Loesch, who stood in defense of the Second ... Read More
Law & the Courts

Obstruction Confusions

In his Lawfare critique of one of my several columns about the purported obstruction case against President Trump, Gabriel Schoenfeld loses me — as I suspect he will lose others — when he says of himself, “I do not think I am Trump-deranged.” Gabe graciously expresses fondness for me, and the feeling is ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Students’ Anti-Gun Views

Are children innocents or are they leaders? Are teenagers fully autonomous decision-makers, or are they lumps of mental clay, still being molded by unfolding brain development? The Left seems to have a particularly hard time deciding these days. Take, for example, the high-school students from Parkland, ... Read More
PC Culture

Kill Chic

We live in a society in which gratuitous violence is the trademark of video games, movies, and popular music. Kill this, shoot that in repugnant detail becomes a race to the visual and spoken bottom. We have gone from Sam Peckinpah’s realistic portrayal of violent death to a gory ritual of metal ripping ... Read More