Boehner says short-term spending extension will be passed Friday night

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said just before 11 p.m. that Congress would pass a short-term continuing resolution Friday night to ensure the federal government stays open, and would pass a longer term agreement for the rest of FY 2011 next week.

"I expect that the House will vote… tonight on a short-term continuing resolution into next week to allow for time for this agreement to be put together in legislative form and brought to the floor of the House and Senate for a vote," Boehner said in brief comments.

"And so I would expect the final vote on this to occur mid-next week, but I do believe that we'll have what we'll call a bridge continuing resolution passed tonight to ensure that government's open."

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