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Top Senate Dem wants passage of spending bill

3 years 9 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, December 21 2017 Dec 21, 2017 December 21, 2017 10:33 AM December 21, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON-The Senate's top Democrat says he's committed to Senate passage of a temporary spending bill to prevent a government shutdown this weekend - though he's not yet backing a new House measure.

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York also said he'll block any attempt to pass a separate disaster aid measure, saying changes are needed.

Schumer said he wants bargaining leverage for a host of issues being punted into next year, including the budget and immigration.

He said it's unclear what funding measures the GOP-controlled House will send to the Senate and whether or not they would be acceptable to him.

Senate Democrats hold leverage in the year-end shutdown showdown, which is a factor in GOP leaders' moves to kick so much unfinished business into the new year.

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