• House Republicans poised to pass CR
  • December 13, 2013
  • Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
  • If Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray fail to produce the framework for a budget agreement early next week, Republicans in the House are prepared to pass a short-term Continuing Resolution as a preemptive measure - to avoid another government shut down - before heading home for the holiday break next Friday.

    Republican leadership in the House doesn't want to step on the work of Ryan and Murray, especially at a critical point in the negotiations, but they can't afford to wait much longer to act. The House has a three-day rule for moving bills from the Rules Committee to the House floor. That means, barring extraordinary maneuvering, GOP leadership must file its CR no later than Wednesday to pass the measure by Friday.

    The House adjourns Dec. 13 for a three-and-a-half-week holiday recess, the same day budget negotiators must report to Congress whether they have reached a long-term agreement to set spending levels and soften sequestration cuts. Congress does not reconvene until the week of Jan. 6.

    The expected Republican House CR would set spending levels at $967 billion - a level of spending that Democrats, both liberals and centrists, say is too low. If Democrats remain united in their opposition to this CR, Speaker of the House John Boehner would need the votes of all but 15 of his caucus to pass the measure - something that could be a challenge.