WASHINGTON - Senators Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., and John Hoeven, R-N.D, believe the Senate will pass a resolution to fund the government until November 21, but say the border wall will be a contentious battle.
The House passed a resolution Thursday keeping current spending levels steady. Without it, the government would shut down at the start of the next fiscal year on October 1.
“The problem with more time is Congress is going to take it and there's nothing like a deadline to get your job done. So extending the deadline in many respects in my view, while it's better than a government shutdown, it's also not very responsible appropriating,” said Cramer.
The extension allows time to finish 12 bills to fund the government entirely. Hoeven says he's trying to get his ag appropriations bill to the floor.
“Let's get it to the floor. Let's get into conference with the House, then we can iron some of these things out in conference. Even though we may not agree on everything, lets keep this process moving. Let's get these individual bills moved so we don't end up again in this situation with a CR,” said Hoeven.
Representative Kelly Armstrong, R-N.D., said Friday, “I’m not voting for something with that much money when neither my staff nor I have the chance to go through the legislation. All we are asking for is a day to review it. This CR process will never change unless we demand that we get enough time to go through the bill before we have to vote on it.”