U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement Friday regarding the House Republican proposal for a short-term spending bill that reduces Washington spending and provides a path to continued government operations before the March 4 deadline:
"With this proposal that focuses on bipartisan ideas to reduce federal spending, Democrats in Washington will have an opportunity to show that they got the message from the American people -- status quo spending is unacceptable; it's time to reduce spending and bring down the debt. President Obama and congressional Democrats agree with Republicans that these are potential areas to reduce spending, removing any excuses they have offered for demanding their status quo spending levels.
"As a result, there is now a clear path to finishing this short-term measure before the March 4th deadline. By supporting the House bill, our friends on the other side of the aisle will have the chance to ensure that the government remains operational while we work with them to identify additional ways to shrink Washington spending this year."