The bill, H.R. 1255, holds that "If the House has not received a message from the Senate before April 6, 2011, stating that it has passed a measure providing for the appropriations for the departments and agencies of the government for the remainder of fiscal year 2011, the provisions of H.R. 1, as passed by the House on Feb. 19, 2011, are hereby enacted into law."

The bill is largely symbolic, since the House cannot "deem" that H.R. 1 has the force of law without Senate passage of H.R. 1 or H.R. 1255, and the Senate is not expected to take up either bill.

H.R. 1255 was introduced by Reps. Steve WomackSteve WomackGOP budget chair may not finish her term Jockeying begins in race for House Budget gavel Trump reopens fight on internet sales tax MORE (R-Ark.) and Rob WoodallRob WoodallGOP budget chair may not finish her term Ensuring air ambulances don’t save lives only to ruin them with surprise medical bills Senators fight proposed tariffs on solar panels MORE (R-Ga.).