House leaders on Wednesday noted that they originally planned to finish all legislative business for the week by 3 p.m. on Thursday. But a note accompanying the Thursday schedule implied that the uncertainty over the budget situation may keep them longer, possibly into Friday.

House Republicans on Wednesday night spoke on the floor in defense of H.R. 1363, nothing that it would fund Defense Department spending for the rest of FY 2011, and arguing that this is needed to give U.S. military certainty about their pay.

Several Democrats disagreed, arguing that Republicans need to consider cuts to all areas of the government if they are going to win consensus.