Congress tries again to prevent government shutdown

New legislation would keep the government running until April 8

House Republicans today introduced a second short-term funding extension to prevent a government shutdown while lawmakers continue to negotiate a long-term plan to keep the government operating this fiscal year.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) introduced a continuing resolution (H.J. Res 48) to fund the federal government through April 8 and cut spending by an estimated $6 billion. The bill would reduce or terminate 25 government programs, some of which were targeted for similar action in President Barack Obama’s 2012 budget request.

Funding for the government is currently set to expire March 18.

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“A government shutdown is not an option, period,” Rogers said. “While short-term funding measures are not the preferable way to fund the government, we must maintain critical programs and services for the American people until Congress comes to a final, long-term agreement.”

The cuts in the newly introduced legislation were also included in H.R. 1, the funding bill that passed in the House last month but failed in the Senate on March 9. A budget alternative introduced by Democrats also fell short in the Senate.

The Obama administration released a statement after the Senate votes this week urging congressional leaders to reach a compromise on funding for the remainder of fiscal 2011.

Democrats have signaled they are willing to make some sacrifices, but it’s unclear when lawmakers will be able to come to a consensus on this year’s budget.

In the meantime, Rogers’ measure would buy Congress an additional three weeks to hash out differences over the budget. The House is expected to take up the measure next week. 



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Reader comments

Wed, Mar 16, 2011

How about this? You can't decide on a budget so how about you go home and let the rest of us government workers (who actually work mind you) continue with everything that we have to do. I mean, think about it, Congress makes more individually than the government workers that would be out of a job for X amount of let Congress deal with not being paid for a change and see how they like it.

Tue, Mar 15, 2011 Joe Maryland

How about we shut the congress down and go home since they can't pass the budget. This is not the President nor the Vice President's fault. It's the congress.

Mon, Mar 14, 2011

For the Republicans and for the Democrats is easy to threat US workers with the shutdown. They want to show who's is the most powerful party without thinking for the wellbeing of the people, people who vote for them. If they willing to pay my bills, my food, my rent "bring it on" as Michael Steel said weeks ago.

Mon, Mar 14, 2011

guess its time for the states to pass a constituational amendment to have congress not get paid if they don't pass the budget on time even under a continuing resolution and with no restoration of the lost pay. That seems to be the only way they'll ever pass one on time again.

Mon, Mar 14, 2011

How many politicians does it take to pass a budget? Apparently, more than there are in the House and Senate.

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