WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s top Republican has unveiled legislation to prevent a government shutdown next weekend and provide more than $1 billion to battle the Zika virus. It also would provide $500 million to help Louisiana rebuild from last month’s devastating floods.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the stopgap measure was “clean” of controversies and he left out internet-related language demanded by Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Democrats immediately criticized the proposal for failing to fund one of their top priorities: money to help Flint, Michigan, repair its lead-tainted water system.
McConnell’s move could set up a showdown vote next week. It’s unclear whether Democrats would filibuster the measure, however.
Top Democratic negotiator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland urged further talks on the bill.