The House passed a two-week stopgap spending bill Tuesday that would avert a government shutdown and give the House and Senate more time to work out a spending measure to finish the fiscal year. The Senate is scheduled to vote on the stopgap at 11 a.m. Wednesday.
The GOP continuing resolution would reduce spending over the two-week period by more than $4 billion by eliminating some earmarks and programs the Obama administration has already said it would like to terminate.
Senate Democrats have already signaled they would agree to the stopgap — Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters Tuesday afternoon that the chamber would pass the bill. The House vote Tuesday was 335-91.
The continuing resolution that is currently funding the government expires Friday. The stopgap measure should give House GOP and Senate Democratic leaders some breathing room to work on a longer-term bill, and House Republicans wasted no time moving to that fight.
“After agreeing to this short-term measure, the Senate must buckle down and get to work on passing the full-year continuing resolution the House sent them two weeks ago,” House Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (Ohio) said in a statement.
The House passed a continuing resolution Feb. 19 that would fund the government through fiscal 2011, which ends Sept. 30. But Reid has called that bill a non-starter.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.