Dems May Link Marriage Bill To Must-Pass Funding Bill

CBS News reports:

Senior Senate Democrats have been considering linking legislation on marriage equality and the continuing resolution to fund the government, a Hill Democratic source tells CBS News.

It’s a move that could complicate both the passage of the bill protecting the right to same-sex marriage, passed with bipartisan support in the House, and government funding.

Democrats in particular want to avoid a government shutdown ahead of critical midterm elections. A continuing resolution, or CR, is a stopgap measure to fund the government temporarily until comprehensive spending legislation can be passed.

Politico reports:

The bill’s backers say they’re confident it will have the 10 Republican votes necessary to break a filibuster. So far three Republican senators have publicly said they’ll vote for it:Susan Collins of Maine, Rob Portman of Ohio and Thom Tillis of North Carolina.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has spoken positively of the push and said that she’d review the bill. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said in July he saw “no reason” to oppose the bill but is now pushing for a religious freedom amendment before declaring support. Notably, Johnson is up for reelection.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Collins are working on an amendment to clarify that the bill will not affect religious liberty or conscience protections. “We’re in pretty good shape,” Collins said.