The six-month continuing resolution that averted a government shutdown last week is set for passage by both chambers of Congress on Thursday, despite growing GOP concern about the size of spending cuts in the bill.
The House is set to vote on the measure around 4 p.m., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced Thursday morning. Assuming passage, Reid said, the Senate under a unanimous consent agreement will vote later in the day on measures to add restrictions on federal funding for Planned Parenthood and defunding last year's health care reform bill—both expected to fall well short of 60-vote thresholds—then vote on passage of the bill. The unanimous consent deal means that despite vocal opposition to the bill from senators including Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., no senator will filibuster, forcing a delay that would threaten a brief government shutdown. As late as Wednesday, Paul said he had not ruled out the option of filibustering.
Brad Dayspring, a spokesman for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said the House vote could come before 4 p.m., in the “early afternoon.”
“I’m very appreciative of everybody in the Senate, Democrats, Republicans, that we were able to get the consent agreement to move forward after we get the papers from the House,” Reid said in a floor speech. “If there ever was an issue that had been talked to death, it’s this resolution. And I think everyone realized we talked about this long enough.”