House Republicans propose new budget deadline, again: April 8
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.Skip to next paragraph
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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.
Shutdown 'not an option'
“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."
As House Republicans had promised, the legislation includes $2 billion in cuts for every week in funding. Even so, it puts only a dent in the nation’s $1.5 trillion deficit. Many GOP conservatives, impatient with the failure of the Senate to consider higher budget cuts, are weighing a vote against the measure.
Others are demanding that the next continuing resolution include policy additions, called riders. Tea party Reps. Michele Bachmann (R) of Minnesota and Steve King (R) of Iowa are calling for the new continuing resolution to block all funding to implement the new health-care reform law, including $105 billion in automatic funding that does not depend on an annual appropriations process.