Dreier says GOP hopes to have rule for CR soon, but says 'no guarantees'

Dreier was debating a so-called "same-day" rule Thursday afternoon; the House was expected to approve it in the late afternoon. If approved, it would allow the House Rules Committee to approve a rule for the bill, let the House pass it and then let the House vote on the resolution itself today, without having to wait the usual calendar day.

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But some agreement on a spending resolution is needed first, and Dreier indicated that no language was agreed to as of yet. When pressed by Rep. James McGovern (D-Mass.) as to what might be in the resolution, Dreier said he could not say.

"I cannot tell my friend exactly what this measure will consist of," Dreier said.

McGovern specifically asked if the new spending bill would include language that guts a Department of Energy program that Democrats say helps U.S. auto companies stay competitive. However, Dreier could not answer that specifically.

A previous temporary spending bill from Republicans failed on Wednesday due to Democratic opposition over these $1.5 billion in cuts. Four dozen Republicans also opposed the spending bill to protest the absence of steeper budget cuts.

While Dreier was vague on the contents of the new bill, there were some signs that it could include a $100 million cut from the Department of Energy loan program that led to loans to Solyndra, the energy company that has been raided by the FBI and is the focus of Republican congressional investigations.

During debate, McGovern called the same-day rule a "martial law" rule, and said approving it asks members to support expedited procedures for a spending bill that no one has seen. But reaching an agreement will likely require these expedited procedures, especially if Congress still plans on being out next week.