McConnell Rejects Continuing Resolution as 'Unacceptable'


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., rejected the suggestion of a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government, calling it “unacceptable” and breaking from a plan being considered by the White House.

“Equally unacceptable is a one-year CR from a defense point of view, almost as bad as a sequester,” McConnell told reporters Thursday.

The government is funded through Sept. 30, but a potential White House plan to consider a CR to fund the government for one year would come under last year’s budget guidelines.

Congress has struggled to raise the spending caps on defense and non-defense spending.

“I’ve been disappointed that we have not been able to reach an agreement,” McConnell told reporters. “We’ve had a couple of meetings . . . I think it is the best of three possibilities.” 

Sen. McConnell laid out three paths, calling for a deal to raise the spending caps the best of the options over a CR or budget sequester.

“I support getting some kind of deal that can tell us how much we can spend so we can go forward,” McConnell said. “The only thing, however, that strikes me that gives us a real number to mark to is one we know the president will sign.”

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