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Electoral Waiting Game May Tempt GOP Appropriators

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Shelby said there’s plenty of time to finish spending bills before the election season ramps up.

“We’re going to hold 60 hearings in six weeks. We’re going to presume goodwill and an expeditious movement of the appropriations committee,” Mikulski said.

But some lawmakers say a continuing resolution may be necessary to cover at least some of the spending bills at the start of the new fiscal year on Oct. 1.

Mikulski “will move forward on appropriations bills, but at the end of the day I think we’ll probably end up with a continuing resolution,” said Mike Johanns, R-Neb., an appropriator set to retire at the end of the current Congress.

Some observers said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada may not want to subject some of his politically vulnerable members to tough votes on some of the more controversial spending bills ahead of the elections, given that control of the chamber is at stake.

Shelby said plenty of time remains to finish spending bills before the election season ramps up. “I think we’ll do well in November, but that’s November. We’re talking about March still,” Shelby said.

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