U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE) is confident Congress will come to terms on a short-term government funding bill.
Members of the House and Senate face a September 30th deadline to avoid a government shutdown.
Fischer says the GOP majority can get spending bills through committees, but Democrats block action on the Senate floor.
“We couldn’t get any assistance from our friends on the other side of the aisle when we tried to get on the VA appropriations or the Department of Defense appropriations bill,” Fischer told reporters on her weekly conference call. “I mean, if we want to avoid these continuing resolutions, we have to get on those appropriations bills, and in the Senate, we have to work together to get there.”
She says short-term continuing resolutions are not the way to properly fund entire government agencies.
“I think it’s a good thing that we have to come together from all sides and try to find that common ground, so that we can work together on it,” Fischer says. “It really needs to be done on those appropriations bills and not waiting until we get to the end of the year.”