Government Furlough 2013, The Senate will consider a measure next week to fund the U.S. government through September after the House passed its plan to avoid a shutdown and preserve new spending cuts.
The Republican-controlled House, on a 267-151 vote, yesterday passed a stopgap measure to keep the government operating after current spending authority expires March 27. The bill goes to the Democratic-led Senate, where Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada signaled that it will be altered to reflect priorities he didn’t identify.
” I would urge Democrat leaders in the Senate to not get greedy and get carried away and try to put forward a possibility of a government shutdown,” House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, told reporters in Washington today. “Our goal here is to cut spending, not to shut down the government.”
The Senate will take up the issue next week, Reid said March 5. Both parties and President Barack Obama have said they want to reach an agreement in time to keep the government operating.
In a reminder of budget disputes to come, Boehner reiterated today he would insist on dollar-for-dollar spending cuts for an increase in the U.S. debt limit. Federal borrowing authority is scheduled to expire May 19.