With the House and Senate no closer to agreeing on a federal budget – already five months overdue – House Republicans suggest moving back the deadline for a sixth time.
The House Appropriations Committee on Friday released a $6 billion stopgap measure to fund government through April 8 – the sixth such continuing resolution since the fiscal year began on Oct. 1.
Like the previous short-term funding measure, which runs through March 18, the proposal includes many programs already slated for cuts in President Obama’s budget for the next fiscal year, resulting in savings of $3.5 billion. It also eliminates $2.6 billion in funding for member projects or earmarks, which would otherwise be automatically renewed.
But criticism on both sides of the aisle: support for interim measures is running low.
In a bid to reach a quick agreement with the Senate, the proposal avoids controversial policy additions, such as defunding implementation of health-care reform or ending federal support for Planned Parenthood.
“A government shutdown is not an option, period,” said Appropriations chair Rep. Hal Rogers (R) of Kentucky in a statement. “While short-term funding measures are not the preferable way to fund the government, we must maintain critical programs and services for the American people until Congress comes to a final, long-term solution."