Boehner: House Will Vote to Avoid Shutdown in September

The speaker promises a short-term CR that would kick big spending decisions to the lame-duck.

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 10: U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) answers questions during his weekly press conference at the U.S. Capitol July 10, 2014 in Washington, DC. Boehner spoke on immigration issues facing the U.S. and other matters.
National Journal
Sarah Mimms
Add to Briefcase
Sarah Mimms
July 24, 2014, 8:34 a.m.

House Speak­er John Boehner said Thursday that the House will not deal with fund­ing the gov­ern­ment be­fore the Au­gust re­cess, but said that the House will tackle the is­sue when it re­turns in Septem­ber.

Boehner told re­port­ers that the House will pass a short-term con­tinu­ing res­ol­u­tion to keep the gov­ern­ment open some­time in Septem­ber, avoid­ing a gov­ern­ment shut­down that would oth­er­wise oc­cur on the last day of the month. The le­gis­la­tion would likely ex­pire in early Decem­ber, he said, punt­ing de­cisions about the na­tion’s spend­ing to a lame-duck Con­gress just after the midterm elec­tion.

House Ap­pro­pri­ations Com­mit­tee Chair­man Har­old Ro­gers and oth­ers had signaled that the House would at­tempt to pass a con­tinu­ing res­ol­u­tion be­fore mem­bers leave for re­cess next week, but Boehner said Thursday that the le­gis­la­tion will have to wait.

The speak­er’s plan to tackle a con­tinu­ing res­ol­u­tion in Septem­ber doesn’t leave law­makers with much time to pass a new fund­ing bill.

Law­makers will re­turn from their Au­gust re­cess on Sept. 8 and the House will have just 10 le­gis­lat­ive days to pass the con­tinu­ing res­ol­u­tion. Any le­gis­la­tion to keep the gov­ern­ment fun­ded at its cur­rent levels could rankle mem­bers on the far right who would like to see deep spend­ing cuts. But the 10-day dead­line coupled with linger­ing memor­ies of the fal­lout from last year’s gov­ern­ment shut­down has giv­en lever­age to Re­pub­lic­an lead­er­ship in the dis­cus­sions.

It ap­pears that House Re­pub­lic­ans are lever­aging their few re­main­ing le­gis­lat­ive days to get the Sen­ate to agree to whatever con­tinu­ing res­ol­u­tion they pass in Septem­ber. The Sen­ate is sched­uled to be in ses­sion for 17 days that month (though that num­ber could de­crease, as the cham­ber typ­ic­ally takes Fri­days off), giv­ing them more time to deal with any House-passed con­tinu­ing res­ol­u­tion, but little time to re­turn it to the lower cham­ber should they seek changes.

No one on Cap­it­ol Hill is ad­voc­at­ing for a gov­ern­ment shut­down, giv­en the dam­aging re­per­cus­sions mem­bers’ faced last fall.

In passing a short-term con­tinu­ing res­ol­u­tion and put­ting off the is­sue to Decem­ber, House Re­pub­lic­ans are hand­ing con­trol over fu­ture spend­ing to a lame-duck Con­gress. Many had ex­pec­ted that they would pass a con­tinu­ing res­ol­u­tion that would carry the gov­ern­ment in­to the early months of 2015. By then, Re­pub­lic­ans hoped, they would have con­trol of the Sen­ate and more con­trol of the pro­cess and po­ten­tially a great­er chance of cut­ting spend­ing.

What We're Following See More »
SANS PROOF
NRA Chief: Leftist Protesters Are Paid
16 hours ago
UPDATE
NEW TRAVEL BAN COMING SOON
Trump Still on Campaign Rhetoric
19 hours ago
UPDATE
“WE’RE CHANGING IT”
Trump Rails On Obamacare
19 hours ago
UPDATE

After spending a few minutes re-litigating the Democratic primary, Donald Trump turned his focus to Obamacare. “I inherited a mess, believe me. We also inherited a failed healthcare law that threatens our medical system with absolute and total catastrophe” he said. “I’ve been watching and nobody says it, but Obamacare doesn’t work.” He finished, "so we're going to repeal and replace Obamacare."

FAKE NEWS
Trump Goes After The Media
19 hours ago
UPDATE

Donald Trump lobbed his first attack at the “dishonest media” about a minute into his speech, saying that the media would not appropriately cover the standing ovation that he received. “We are fighting the fake news,” he said, before doubling down on his previous claim that the press is “the enemy of the people." However, he made a distinction, saying that he doesn't think all media is the enemy, just the "fake news."

FBI TURNED DOWN REQUEST
Report: Trump Asked FBI to Deny Russia Stories
20 hours ago
THE LATEST

"The FBI rejected a recent White House request to publicly knock down media reports about communications between Donald Trump's associates and Russians known to US intelligence during the 2016 presidential campaign, multiple US officials briefed on the matter tell CNN. But a White House official said late Thursday that the request was only made after the FBI indicated to the White House it did not believe the reporting to be accurate."

Source:
×
×

Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.

Login