January 18, 2018 / 5:59 PM / in 5 months

Senators weigh days-long funding bill to boost immigration, spending talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Several U.S. senators on Thursday said they are considering a maneuver to fund the federal government for just a few days at a time in the event that the current month-long funding bill fails to gain enough support in the chamber.

The senators, including Republicans John Thune and Jerry Moran as well as Democrat Tim Kaine, said a series of shorter-term spending bills could encourage negotiations over military spending and immigration reform.

The strategy emerged as Republican Senator Rand Paul said he would not vote for the current continuing resolution.

Reporting by Richard Cowan and Blake Brittan; Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Bill Trott

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