Continuing Resolution

As the sequester deadline passed on Friday with no compromise, focus shifted to the March 27 budget deadline and keeping the government in business through September.  A Republican bill could get the House’s vote as early as this week, a promising start.  Nevertheless it is disconcerting that a deadline controlling $1.2 trillion in cuts over 9 years can pass by so easily as it did last Friday.

“For now, however, the White House and Republican leaders seem to see eye to eye on just one issue: the importance of reaching a separate agreement to fund the government through the remainder of this fiscal year and avoid a politically messy shutdown.”

-FT 3/4/13

3 thoughts on “Continuing Resolution

  1. Republicans offered a positive reaction to Sylvia Mathews Burwell’s appointment as the White House budget director, including rare praise from Paul Ryan. This is promising, mollifying gridlock ahead of March 27th.

  2. Republicans offered a positive reaction to Sylvia Mathews Burwell’s appointment as the White House budget director, including rare praise from Paul Ryan. This reach across the isle could help mollify potential gridlock ahead of March 27th.

  3. In a 73-26 vote the continuing resolution, funding government through September, passed the Senate and will certainly pass the House later this week. This rare compromise accommodated House Republicans desire to solidify defense spending and Senate Democrats interests in preserving domestic social programs. While certain programs like defense, homeland security, housing and justice were given more power to adjust spending cuts from the sequester, this was not the time to debate individual cuts. Efforts to reverse the sequester will be addressed in the 2014 budget resolution.

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