House FY14 continuing resolution released but lacking support

The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday released a continuing resolution (CR) that would fund the federal government at current levels through December 15. This CR (H.J. Res. 59) would set government spending at an annual rate of about $986, slightly below the current FY13 level of $988 billion. Opposition from conservative House Republicans, however, has forced the House leadership to pull the bill from floor consideration.

A CR must be passed before October 1, the first day of FY14, or a government shutdown would ensue. While House leadership had hoped to vote on the CR this week, this timeline could not be met because House Speaker John Boehner lacks support for the CR among his Republican colleagues. One key problem Boehner is facing is the push by many conservative House Republicans to have the CR explicitly prohibit funding to implement the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Democrats oppose such restrictions and President Obama would veto any CR that includes them.

The House is only in session for six more days before the September 30 deadline. The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition predicts that:

“The most likely scenario for the fate of the CR is for the House to pass a version defunding Obamacare. Such a CR would undoubtedly be rejected by the Senate and a clean, short-term CR at current levels would hopefully be passed to avert a shutdown and to allow lawmakers more time to address the remaining budget issues either with a year-long CR or an omnibus appropriations bill. Given the divisions among House Republicans, however, failure to reach an agreement by October 1st and a shutdown of the government is possible.”


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