Stopgap Spending Measure Passes House
Senate leaders indicated they would approve shortly the continuing resolution the House passed Tuesday, providing lawmakers two more weeks to hash out a spending bill to keep the federal government running through the end of fiscal 2011. The stopgap funding bill, introduced by House Republicans last week, would fund the government through March 18 while cutting $4 billion in discretionary spending from current spending levels. None of the proposed cuts would come at the expense of defense or military construction spending.
Still, Senate Democrats said they would continue to oppose the end-of-the-year funding bill the House passed Feb. 19 that would cut $61.5 billion from FY 2010 levels, reported CQ Today.