House GOP sets Wednesday deadline for Senate passage of FY 2011 spending bill

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 Womack (R-Ark.) and Rob Woodall (R-Ga.).