Congressional leaders opened the work week sniping at each other over slow-going negotiations on a sweeping government-funding bill, scuttling early optimism that negotiators could wrap the bill by Monday and pass it in the House by Friday.
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the House could work into the weekend to finish the omnibus bill, and blamed the holdup on Democratic leaders, who he said have not empowered their negotiators to cut a deal. He reiterated, as he said last week, that a short-term continuing resolution could be necessary to avoid a government shutdown and give the Senate time to pass a package next week.
“There’s been a number of issues that have not been finalized,” he told reporters. “From my understanding, some may be coming from maybe the Democrat side in the House on negotiating the final portions. Some have been withheld from being able to negotiate on the approps side from the Democrats. I think maybe their leadership wants to negotiate.”
“They were not given the authority to negotiate on a lot of the different points so that has slowed the process down,” McCarthy continued.
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office shot back, noting the bill is held up over GOP insistence on policy add-ons. Pelosi has said measures dealing with the environment, financial regulations, and Syrian refugees have been their main sticking points.