Prospects for a Full-Year Spending Agreement Still Unclear
Bipartisan negotiations led by the White House to reach a deal on full-year spending bill for fiscal 2011 have gone nowhere so far, leaving uncertain the timeframe or structure of a possible agreement.
Beyond the wide gulf between Republicans and Democrats on how much money should be trimmed from spending this year, another stumbling block may be a series of policy provisions conservative House Republicans included in the full-year spending package the House passed Feb. 19, H.R. 1. Those provisions would block funding for environmental regulations, Planned Parenthood and implementation of the health care overhaul, among other programs.
President Obama, though, has warned Republicans not to use the budget to promote a political agenda, reported CQ Today.
Meanwhile, lawmakers from both parties indicated the three-week stopgap funding measure introduced in the House last week would be cleared by both houses this week before the current continuing resolution expires March 18.
After a new continuing resolution is passed, congressional leaders will begin discussions over another short-term spending bill, reported GovExec.com.