Washington (CNN) – As the standoff continues over funding the government for the rest of the fiscal year, both parties agreed on Friday to move ahead with a three-week stopgap bill that would cut an additional six billion dollars and avoid a potential federal shutdown.
The measure, introduced by House Republicans, eliminates or reduces money for 25 government programs, saving $3.5 billion. Republicans chose from a list of programs President Obama wants cut or eliminated his 2012 budget and from items Senate Democrats proposed in a bill that failed earlier this week.
The bill also rescinds funding that U.S. Department of Commerce never spent on the 2010 U.S. Census and eliminates $2.6 billion in earmarks that were extended in last year's spending bill.
The House is expected to vote on the bill early next week and send it to the Senate for a vote.
House Speaker John Boehner said the purpose of the bill was to "give the American people another round of spending cuts as they wait for the Democrats who run Washington – in the Senate and White House – to determine a position other than the status quo."
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said he supports the three week bill, but argued it was the House Republicans who needed to come forward with a compromise position that moved off their insistence that Congress pass the package of $61 billion in cuts in the House bill. That measure failed to pass the Senate earlier this week.
"If Republicans are serious about cutting the deficit, they should be open to new solutions and ideas instead of clinging to extreme policy positions. It's time to work together toward a long-term solution that makes smart, responsible cuts but doesn't threaten our economic future," Reid said.
As with the last short term measure Congress passed, House GOP leaders left out the controversial add-ons like defunding the health care law or Planned Parenthood so it could pass the Senate and avert a threat of a shutdown, but some House conservatives want these policy items added on to the new House GOP bill.
The President called these so-called "policy riders" non-starters at his news conference on Friday, saying he saying he opposed any effort to "sneak political agendas into a budget debate."
But on Friday, Ohio Republican Rep Jim Jordan, who heads a key bloc of conservatives in the House, said he was "troubled" that "some of the pro-life, pro-family things" are not in three-week bill, and said he planned to push leaders to attach the measure to cut off all federal funding for Planned Parenthood to the three-week funding measure.
"We're going to continue to try push to see if we can get those things in it. We've got some of our pro-family groups who are nervous about that – very nervous about that," Jordan told reporters off the House floor.
Separately, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, and Iowa Rep. Steve King are circulating a letter to Speaker Boehner and other House Republican leaders insisting that this short term funding resolution bar any discretionary or mandatory spending to implement the health care law.
"If we do not stand our ground on the CR [continuing resolution], leverage it as the 'must pass bill' that it is, " the letter writes, referring to the money automatically authorized by the law, "ObamaCare will be implemented on our watch." But since Congress is only charged with establishing discretionary budgets for federal agencies, it's unclear whether the proposal from Bachmann and King would even be allowed for a vote under House Rules because it attempts to cut monies already directed under the law.
Asked whether the concerns from conservatives over these policy issues could pose a problem for passing the bill, House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers told reporters off the House floor on Friday, "I think we'll be ok."
Other senior House Republicans said while these items won't be addressed in this short term bill, negotiations over any compromise bill would have to include some resolution of these policy riders, but it's unclear how many, if any, could get the votes to pass in the Democratic led Senate.