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Federal budget won't be ready by next Friday, GOP leader says (video)

House majority whip Kevin McCarthy says that Congress will likely need to pass another temporary spending measure by March 18 to avoid a federal government shutdown.

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House majority whip Kevin McCarthy (R) of California said that Congress will likely need to pass another temporary measure to keep the federal government from shutting down. The current temporary funding measure, or continuing resolution (CR), covers two weeks of federal spending and expires March 18.

Speaking at a Monitor-sponsored breakfast for reporters, Congressman McCarthy said House Republicans could support a new temporary funding bill of as long as a month.

McCarthy blamed the Senate, which is controlled by Democrats, for failing to act quickly enough to pass a budget before March 18. He pointed to comments by the No. 2-ranking Senate Democrat, Dick Durbin of Illinois on "Fox News Sunday." Senator Durbin said Senate Democrats had pushed the deficit-cutting process “to the limit” with a plan to cut about $5 billion in domestic spending.

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