Three Day Stopgap Spending Bill: Second Shutdown Prevented?
Appropriations Chair Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) of the House of Representatives had some good news for those dreading a second shutdown. Next week, the House will reportedly be examining a stopgap spending bill that would prevent a shutdown taking place when the government eventually hits a funding wall on January 15, Bloomberg reports.
The bill would add a mere three-day extension to the present spending level, pushing the deadline for a more permanent measure off until January 18. Rogers said he would be introducing the bill on Friday and that the House might vote on it by January 13, with two days to spare before the shutdown date crops up.
“I expect an agreement to be reached soon, and the House will consider this next week,” said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), according to Bloomberg. Cantor noted that the bill would be decided via a process involving minimal time and congressional discussion, needing a two-thirds vote to pass and disallowing amendments that might slow down its passage.