The prospect of a faceoff this week over federal spending dissipated after the Senate passed a compromise spending measure Monday that would keep the federal government open until Nov. 18.
Senate Democrats dropped $1.0 billion in disaster funding for the current fiscal year from the stopgap spending bill after the chamber defeated a motion to limit debate on a measure that included the emergency aid. Removing the disaster aid from the bill eliminated the source of the dispute between House Republicans and Senate Democrats — whether the stopgap measure would include an offset for the added disaster funds. The agreement retains $2.7 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency for fiscal 2012.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) indicated he would support the “clean” continuing resolution passed in the Senate, reported the Washington Post. The bill would fund the government for the first seven weeks of FY 2012 at the rate set in August’s agreement to raise the nation’s debt limit.
Because the House is in recess this week, the Senate also passed a continuing resolution that keeps the federal government operating until Oct. 4. The House is expected to approve that extension by a voice vote later this week, before taking up the longer stopgap spending bill when lawmakers return to Capitol Hill next week.