Republicans release two-week spending measure

Republicans Friday afternoon released a copy of their resolution that would cover government spending through March 18. This two-week extension cuts about $4 billion from current spending levels, and Republicans are hoping that the inclusion of cuts that Democrats support will make it possible for Democrats to support the bill.

Negotiations on the Republican proposal are expected to continue through next week.

The bill was released as an un-numbered joint resolution, H.J.Res. ___. The House Rules Committee is scheduled to meet Monday at 5 p.m. to consider the resolution, and is expected to approve a rule for considering it on the floor by Tuesday.

In a statement late Friday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he hopes early House consideration will allow the Senate to approve the measure later in the week.

"I'm hopeful Senator Reid will quickly hold a vote on our short-term proposal so we can ensure the government remains open and that we’re addressing the need to cut spending to create a better environment for job growth," Boehner said. "The House is doing its part to cut spending and avoid a government shutdown; it’s time for the Senate to take action as well."