Continuing Resolution in Doubt

Conservatives don’t like it, liberals don’t like it, but for very different reasons.

At issue is the Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government through November 18. Liberals don’t like the fact that it only includes $3.65 billion in disaster relief aid to FEMA, when they want to match Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) bill which had $6.9 billion.

Conservatives don’t like that the spending levels in the CR coincide with the levels passed in the August debt deal and not the Ryan budget, which came in $24 billion lower. The reason for the increased levels? Numerous press reports suggest leaders were hoping to avoid another budget and spending battle. Here’s the latest maneuvering:

  • House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) is whipping against the CR and urging Democrats to vote “no”
  • 52 Conservatives sent a letter to House leadership against the CR
  • Congressman Norm Dicks (D-WA) has changed his position to a “no”
  • Harry Reid is threatening a fight

All this does not bode well for a vote set to take place supposedly at 4pm.

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