Senate Running Out of Time to Negotiate

Another Short-Term CR Unlikely

Washington, D.C. – Today, The House of Representatives voted 271-158 to pass a three-week stopgap funding measure. Heritage Action opposed this short-term continuing resolution, which will be included as a key vote in our legislative scorecard.

“Although the outcome of today’s vote was disappointing, it marked a turning point in the debate as a growing chorus of dissent has made clear that a full CR must be negotiated in the coming weeks,” Heritage Action CEO Michael A. Needham said. “We applaud those conservatives who came out early in this debate, drawing a clear line in the sand – no more short-term CRs.”

On March 1, just six Republicans opposed a two-week extension. Today, 54 Republicans opposed the three-week extension. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) said he intends this to be the last short-term measure.

The debate now shifts to the Senate and the White House, which have taken a fundamentally unserious approach toward spending.

“For months, President Obama and Senate Democrats have been absent from the debate. They failed to pass a budget last year and have failed to produce a serious proposal to fund the government. Unless they are actively trying to cause a government shutdown, they need to stop jetting off to Europe and produce a serious plan that rises to the challenges we face as a country,” Needham concluded.

With more than 710,000 members across the country, The Heritage Foundation and its affiliate, Heritage Action for America, are committed to building an America where freedom, opportunity, prosperity and a civil society flourish.

Additional Resources:
Open Letter: No More Short-Term CRs
Conservative Movement Leaders Oppose Short-Term CR
Heritage Action Announced Legislative Scorecard
Government Shutdown 101: A Slowdown, Not a Shutdown

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