GOP Appropriations chairman confident spending bill will pass

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that a six-month stopgap spending bill will pass the House when it comes up for a vote on Thursday.

Rogers said that he does not know how many Republicans will defect, however.

“The whip check is still going on,” he said.

He said Republicans should vote for the continuing resolution (CR) because it takes the threat of a government shutdown on Oct. 1 off the table.

Rogers said that calls by some in his own party to amend the spending bill at this point cannot be fulfilled.

“The CR has been filed and it's closed for anything further,” he said.

The White House, in an official statement on Wednesday, said it supports the spending bill. President Obama's support was expected.

"Reflecting a compromise, the legislation adheres to the funding level agreed to by both parties and excludes ideological or extraneous policy riders that have no place in funding legislation," the statement reads. 

Some conservatives on Wednesday called for the spending bill to be reopened to cut aid to Libya and Egypt in light of the embassy attacks. Conservatives argue that the governments have not done enough to protect U.S. diplomats. They are also critical of Egypt's refusal to reaffirm its treaty commitments not to attack Israel.

House Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) raised a red flag about the six-month extension of the 1996 welfare reform law in the spending bill. Conservatives wanted a standalone bill so they would have the chance to force the Obama administration to stop waiving work requirements for welfare. 

Appropriations Committee spokeswoman Jennifer Hing said the welfare extension "was requested by both the White House and the Senate, and the House authorizers also signed off on its inclusion."

"It was determined that without the extension, there would be detrimental consequences to the services on which millions of people rely," she said.

The spending bill would increase spending on an annualized rate of $8 billion per year to $1.047 trillion. That has some conservatives, such as Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), saying they are now opposed to the deal.

The conservative Republican Study Committee met on the CR on Wednesday, and members said that the fact the continuing resolution will not likely prevent a lame-duck session of Congress is also a concern.

"A lot of people voiced concern that this is not as 'clean' as leadership and the Appropriations Committee would like people to believe," said one source in the room, "the most prominent concern being the tacking on of the [welfare] extension, which is usually and should be a standalone item, especially since the extension does not do anything to block the administration's attempt to ignore the clear language of the law with regards to welfare work requirements."

The source said the bill will pass, however, although defections will cause leaders "heartburn."