The House on Thursday plans to sign off on a portion of the spending deal approved in the Senate, Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorRyan reelected Speaker in near-unanimous GOP vote Financial technology rules are set to change in the Trump era Trump allies warn: No compromise on immigration MORE’s (R-Va.) office said.
A Cantor spokeswoman, Laena Fallon, told The Hill that the House would approve a one-week stopgap measure by unanimous consent on Thursday. The move would avert a government shutdown once federal funding runs out after Friday, the end of the current fiscal year. The measure extends federal funding through Oct. 4.
The second stopgap measure would carry the government through Nov. 18, when another battle is expected over financing for the balance of fiscal 2012.
House Republican leaders briefed their members on the Senate deal Monday night. A fight over federal disaster aid caused the impasse, which was broken when the Federal Emergency Management Agency said earlier in the day that it could stretch its current funding through the end of the fiscal year. FEMA had earlier said it would run out of money sooner, sparking a feud over whether the emergency funds it might need would be offset with spending cuts elsewhere, following a summer marked by tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires and earthquakes.
The Senate approved the deal, 79-12, and the House GOP leadership accepted it reluctantly. Cantor’s office offered a parting shot at Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidFranken emerges as liberal force in hearings GOP eyes new push to break up California court The DC bubble is strangling the DNC MORE (D-Nev.), who refused to accept a House-passed spending bill because of its cuts to an Energy program in order to offset the FEMA funding. He ultimately settled for less FEMA funding than he originally wanted.
“It’s surprising that just days after claiming that recent natural disasters required up to $7 billion in immediate funding, Harry Reid and Senate Democrats would now rather reduce funding for disaster aid by $1 billion rather than reduce corporate subsidies for companies like Solyndra,” Fallon said. “It’s regrettable that the priorities of Senate Democrats are so backward, and it has left very few options.”