CR Discussions Hit Road Block

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first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Negotiations in the Senate over a short-term continuing resolution (CR) have slowed, as lawmakers struggle to resolve a dispute over language prohibiting a Planned Parenthood-affiliated organization in Puerto Rico from receiving Zika funds.The same issue prompted Senate Democrats to stop the fiscal 2017 military construction-Veterans Affairs conference report from advancing; $1.1 billion in emergency funding to combat the Zika virus is attached to the bill. The hurdle likely could prevent the Senate from taking up a stopgap spending bill this week, reported CQ Roll Call. The measure is needed to fund the federal government for the first several months of the new fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.“I think this is just something we need to get done and will and I’m not quite sure I can speculate yet on what the final language will look like,” Senate GOP Deputy Whip Roy Blunt told CQ. “I don’t know what the final language is going to look like,” he said.House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) said lawmakers from both chambers are participating in the talks. Rogers also said that Zika funding is not guaranteed to be part of the CR under discussion.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) expressed optimism that an agreement over a stopgap measure was close at hand. “We’re making good progress toward resolving all the moving parts,” McConnell told reporters.last_img

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