Short-Term Spending Bills May Be Here to Stay
There’s a significant possibility that the federal government will be funded by a series of continuing resolutions for the remainder of fiscal 2011, according to numerous congressional staff. Most lawmakers, including party leaders, oppose such an outcome. It would be particularly harmful to the Pentagon which has repeatedly warned that the military’s readiness will suffer if the department is funded through a continuing resolution through September. Funding federal operations through short-term measures also would mean that the threat of a government shutdown will always be close at hand.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) broached the possibility Thursday during comments at a breakfast, saying he could “possibly” see lawmakers continuing to approve stopgap bills, according to the Washington Post.
Meanwhile, the four top congressional leaders met with the vice president and other top White House officials at the Capitol Thursday to try to reach a deal over funding the government for the next seven months.