House agrees to pursue en bloc amendments to FY 2011 spending bill

The House on Friday afternoon agreed to accept en bloc amendments to the fiscal 2011 spending bill. This is a voluntary arrangement that members can seek if they wish, and would be used to help speed the consideration of amendments by taking them in groups, as opposed to one by one.

Earlier on Friday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said there are still 100 amendments left, which would take more than 16 hours to dispose of if everyone sought to pass his or her amendment and take 10 minutes of debate time.

Cantor said it is still possible to finish today, but did not say whether this is likely.