Republicans Holding America Hostage – ‘GOP Forces Dems To Allow Rushed-Mattis Waiver Or Risk Shutdown’
‘While many Democrats warned Republicans about including the Mattis provision in the spending bill, it’s not immediately clear if they will risk shutting down the government over it’.
‘Lawmakers are in a rush to get the continuing resolution passed by Friday and head home for the holidays’.
- ‘Republicans tucked a measure intended to expedite the confirmation of Gen. James Mattis to be secretary of defense into a must-pass Congressional spending bill late Tuesday’.
‘The measure would essentially limit debate on a waiver that is needed in order for retired Gen. Mattis to serve as secretary of defense’.
‘The spending bill does not automatically approve that waiver, it only limits the amount of time senators have to debate it to 10 hours’ instead of 30 hours.