McConnell Statement on Government Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issue the following statement this afternoon regarding government funding:

“As I have said for weeks, there has been a clear and simple path to fund the government: A clean continuing resolution negotiated by Senators Shelby and Leahy, without any extraneous partisan language jammed in. I am glad that Leader Schumer and Senator Manchin abandoned their attempt to jam in a phony, partisan fig leaf on ‘permitting reform’ and I look forward to a bipartisan funding bill coming to the floor.

“Republicans strongly support real permitting reform. We are leading the charge against the liberal overreach and red tape that make it much too hard to build things, create jobs, and unleash American energy. That is why we support the strong reform bill championed by Senator Capito.

“Democrats’ phony fig leaf was not even close to real permitting reform. The bill was carefully written to avoid making any of the meaningful changes that liberal special interests oppose. A number of provisions would have made existing problems even worse. The weak language was meant to create the illusion of doing something while draining political will for the actual reform our country needs. But the Senate saw through the political game.

“Halfhearted Democratic support for this phony fig leaf was a stunningly low price for a Senator to approve yet another massive reckless taxing and spending spree in the middle of an economic crisis for American families.”