House expected to pass funding bill Thursday

WASHINGTON Tue Sep 27, 2011 3:35pm EDT

The U.S. Capitol dome in Washington, August 2, 2011. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The U.S. Capitol dome in Washington, August 2, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives is expected to pass on Thursday a short-term funding bill to avert a government shutdown, a top Republican aide said, as members of both parties drew fire for creating another high-stakes political drama.

The spending measure will give time for the Republican-led House next week to give anticipated final congressional approval to a Senate-passed bill to fund the government through November 18, the aide said on Tuesday.

Leaders in the Democratic-led Senate reached the bipartisan deal on Monday after the Federal Emergency Management Agency said it could get through the rest of this week, to the end of the fiscal year, without additional funds.

This helped end a stalemate over whether emergency-relief had to be offset with spending cuts.

The battle marked the third time this year that the sharply divided Congress had pushed the government to the brink.

Earlier fights took the government to the edge of a shutdown in April and the edge of default in August, drawing outrage and ridicule from the public and helping plunge Congress' approval rating to a record low of 12 percent.

(Reporting by Thomas Ferraro; Editing by Vicki Allen)

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Comments (11)
derdutchman wrote:
Our nation is in the midst of an economic tsunami and our legislators boast of their ability to keep a calm surface.

Sep 26, 2011 9:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SeniorMoment wrote:
The constant nitpicking by Republicans is a part of the reason for the stagnation in the economy and I believe they know that.

Sep 26, 2011 9:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SanPa wrote:
Republicans spend with reckless abandon, steal like pirates, and are heartless to boot.

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