Senate propels stopgap spending bill to keep government open

WASHINGTON (AP) – One Senate Republican who’s also a presidential candidate is urging Congress to allow a partial government shutdown, as a way to gain leverage over President Barack Obama.
The Senate is on track to pass a spending bill that would keep the government from shutting down tomorrow night. But hardline conservative Republicans are denouncing their party’s leaders in the House and Senate for backing away from the removal of federal funding from Planned Parenthood, in order to make sure that a shutdown doesn’t take place.
Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky took to the floor today and urged leaders to “start out with the negotiating position that we defund everything that’s objectionable.” He added that “it would take courage because you have to let spending expire.”
Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell says the stopgap measure isn’t his “preferred method for funding the government,” but he said it’s “the most viable way forward.” He accused Democrats of forcing the country “into this situation.”

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