McConnell previews 'significant outstanding' legislative priorities for lame-duck Congress

McConnell previews 'significant outstanding' legislative priorities for lame-duck Congress


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell previewed the list of legislative priorities for the lame-duck session as Congress faces large bipartisan lifts with an end-of-year deadline.

“There is significant outstanding business that Congress needs to complete before the end of the year,” he said Tuesday on the Senate floor. “The next few days will tell us a lot about whether Congress can pull off the bipartisan, bicameral appropriations process that I believe both sides would like to deliver.”

Mr. McConnell, Kentucky Republican, said he hopes House and Senate appropriators will be able to hammer out the broad terms for a comprehensive spending bill by the end of this week.

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Lawmakers have about 25 days before the Dec. 11 deadline to fund the government, and both Mr. McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have committed to passing full spending bills rather than another short-term continuing resolution.

House and Senate negotiators also need to work out a compromise on language for the

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