The Reuters news agency reports that Senate Democrats will “back a temporary funding measure proposed by House Republicans that would avert a looming government shutdown and give Congress two weeks more to resolve a pitched battle over spending cuts.”
Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid said, “We’ll pass this and then we’ll look to funding the government on a long-term basis.” That gives us all something to look forward to in the next couple of weeks.
The Democrats maintain that Republican plans to cut $61 billion in spending – less than 5% of the current federal deficit – would “imperil the shaky economic recovery and throw hundreds of thousands of people out of work.” Government jobs are forever.
Reuters felt compelled to add that “Without a stopgap spending bill, the government will shut down on Friday.” Remember, diets are fatal!
Update: the House has passed the stopgap spending measure by a vote of 335-91. According to Fox News, Harry Reid says it will pass the Senate “in the next 48 hours.” Republicans rejected a Democrat proposal for a 30-day extension, passing one good for only two weeks instead.
Update: the Senate has now passed the stopgap spending measure.
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