Hoyer urges resolution of long-term bill for the rest of 2011

Meanwhile, the House Appropriations Committee on Friday unveiled a two-week spending bill that would cut $4 billion in spending to avoid a government shutdown with the current continuing resolution set to expire March 4, stepping away from a measure that would cut $61 billion in spending through the final seven months of the fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. 

The bill cuts $1.24 billion by terminating programs targeted for cuts in President Obama's 2012 budget request and would find the other $2.7 billion in savings by defunding earmarks.

"We must stay focused on reaching a compromise to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year," Hoyer said. 

House Republicans and Senate Democrats were at loggerheads over a new CR until Thursday afternoon when the threat of a government shutdown receded as Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidMcConnell warns Democrats not to change filibuster rule Filibuster reform gains steam with Democrats The Hill's Morning Report - Trump wants executive order on policing; silent on pending bills MORE (D-Nev.) began floating ideas for deeper cuts, including previously earmarked funds and tackling suggested terminations included in Obama's fiscal 2012 budget request. 

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Senate Democrats said Friday that they are "encouraged" by the latest plan from House Republicans to extend government funding for two weeks. Reid has suggested 30-day measure to provide some extra time to work out spending cuts. 

In a statement, the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Republicans are "moving closer" to their position on spending cuts with their latest bill.  

"The plan Republicans are floating today sounds like a modified version of what Democrats were talking about," said Reid spokesman Jon Summers. "We’re glad they think it’s a good idea, but we should keep our focus on what we need to do to cut spending and keep our economy growing in the long term."