The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote Monday on a three-week funding resolution that would reopen the federal government for business. On Friday, Sens. Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill of Missouri both voted to prevent a shutdown. McCaskill was one of five red-state Democrats to do so.
Blunt, a Republican, says elected officials should not be trying to resolve other issues through government spending. A member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, Blunt says Congress must stop passing short-term budgets.
During the early hours of Saturday, McCaskill also moved for immediate Senate approval of a measure that would guarantee members of the military their pay, on time, and guarantee continued military death benefits during the shutdown. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, objected – leading to the proposal’s defeat.
McCaskill, a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, says she is also donating her pay to charity and Eastern Missouri Republican Congresswoman Ann Wagner says she has requested to have her pay withheld during the shutdown. Southeast Missouri Republican Congressman Jason Smith says he will donate his pay to Missouri charities in his district while the government is closed.
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