House Votes To Avoid Government Shutdown…For Now
The House voted for a two-week budget measure that cuts spending by $4 billion and averts a government shutdown, at least until March 18.
In a sign of continuing partisan tensions over spending, Democrats said that Speaker John A. Boehner had rejected overtures from the White House and Senate to approve a 30-day extension with $8 billion in spending cuts to provide some breathing room for the broader negotiations.
But Republicans said the Senate had already been too slow to act and that the new proposal from President Obama and Democratic leaders came too late since the House was already preparing to vote on its interim spending plan. They noted the two-week proposal was written to avoid a confrontation while providing an opportunity for negotiations over a broader budgetary continuing resolution, or C.R.Click here for reuse options!
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