Party Leaders Expected to Agree on Next Continuing Resolution
All signs indicate that House Republicans and Senate Democrats will come to an agreement on another short-term continuing resolution to keep the federal government running after the current one expires next week.
House leaders are set to release their version of a stopgap funding bill Friday and bring it to the floor for a vote March 15, CQ Today reported. The measure most likely will cover a three-week period, but it could last only two weeks or, possibly, four weeks. The current continuing resolution expires March 18.
The House bill would eliminate $2 billion a week from current funding levels, but it probably will avoid any contentious cuts, according to the online publication. A likely source for reductions is earmarks since both parties already have pledged to ban such spending.