Republicans unveil six-month spending bill; deadline missed

House Republicans early Tuesday morning introduced a six-month spending bill to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year, a product of a last-minute agreement Friday that averted a federal shutdown.

The spending bill itself, H.R. 1473, implements the accord reached between Republicans, congressional Democrats and the White House to cut about $40 billion from current spending through September. A summary of the cuts can be found here.

{mosads}Along with that bill, the House GOP filed two concurrent resolutions related to healthcare that would amend it: one to defund Democrats’ healthcare law and another to defund Planned Parenthood.

The two sides had agreed to hold votes on both, in the House and the Senate, as part of the deal. Sixty votes would be required in the Senate for passage; a vote could come Thursday in the Senate, according to reports.

The first, H.Con.Res. 35, would alter the spending bill with language saying that “none of the funds made available in this Act or any previous Act may be used to carry out the provisions of” the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) or the technical corrections bill to it.

The second resolution, H.Con.Res. 36, would insert a new section into the spending bill that says none of the funds in the bill “may be made available for any purpose to Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc. or any affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc.”

Several Republicans have been cool to any spending bill that does not repeal what critics call “ObamaCare,” and allowing votes was apparently part of the strategy to smooth passage of the spending bill.

The resolutions were sponsored by Reps. Rodney Alexander (R-La.) and Diane Black (R-Tenn.), and in each case, the House Rules Committee described them as resolutions that direct the House clerk to “Make a Correction in the Enrollment” of H.R. 1473.

Any House consideration would likely prove controversial this week, as the chamber is already on a tight schedule for passing H.R. 1473, and considering the two resolutions would likely cause a significant backlash from Democrats, as the bipartisan budget deal excluded cuts to Planned Parenthood.

Meanwhile, because Republicans filed the spending bill early Tuesday morning, House Republican rules will not allow that bill to be considered on Wednesday unless a unanimous consent agreement were reached to waive the usual three-day layover period.

Such an agreement is very possible, as the fiscal 2011 bill represents a political agreement forged last week (assuming the new healthcare provisions don’t reopen the negotiations). Therefore, Democrats could be amenable to a unanimous consent agreement allowing a Wednesday House vote, especially given that the Senate will need to take up the bill as soon as possible to ensure passage this week.

House Republicans successfully waived the three-day period Friday — with support from Democrats — in order to quickly take up a one-week stopgap measure allowing the government to stay open through April 15.

In March, Republicans clarified that their so-called “72-hour rule” means they will generally allow legislation to be taken up on the House floor after it has been public for three calendar days. This means a bill made public on Monday could be taken up any time on Wednesday, regardless of how many hours have passed.

Shortly after 11 p.m. Monday night, House Republicans filed one bill that will be considered later this week: H.Con.Res. 34, a budget resolution for fiscal 2012 that also sets “appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2013 through 2021.”

This story was most recently updated at 7:14 a.m.

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