Top House Republican has a plan to avoid government shutdown
February 13th, 2013
05:19 PM ET
10 months ago

Top House Republican has a plan to avoid government shutdown

Washington (CNN) - A top House Republican is planning to unveil a government funding bill that attempts to avoid a battle over a government shutdown next month.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Kentucky, told reporters he planned to introduce a bill later this month that would continue funding federal agencies through September 30th. Government agencies run out of funding at the end of March, and unless Congress acts before then, many would be forced to stop operating. An array of government services and agencies could be impacted including IRS processing of tax returns and medical research.

But Rogers' decision to move forward with a continuing resolution or "CR" could face an intense fight with House conservatives who are arguing the level he is proposing– $1.043 trillion, which was set in the debt deal passed in 2011, does not cut enough from federal programs. Many of those fiscal conservatives have argued that the level should be lower – at $974 billion, because they believe Congress should be continuing to cut more from the federal budget.

Rogers pointed out that his legislation simply follows the spending level laid out in the Budget Control Act, and the overall number would, in fact, be lower because it does not account for the billions in automatic cuts that all agencies will have to face if Congress does not replace the so-called sequester before the end of the month.

"I'm going to be drawing a bill up according to the law, and the law is $1.043 [trillion] in the budget control act and the sequester of course is the law, whether we like it or not so I'm trying to follow the law," Rogers said.

Because the House Appropriations committee chairman's bill does not address the sequester and is subject to those cuts, in practical terms if those go into effect the spending level would drop under a trillion.

Rogers seemed resigned that the automatic cuts would happen, saying, "I don't know of any conversations going on to avoid sequester."

In addition to continuing government funding, the bill would include language allowing the Pentagon and Veterans Administration to shift resources around to address some funding shortfalls that these agencies have warned Congress could disrupt training and construction projects.

Asked whether GOP leaders could get the votes to pass his plan if Republicans were split, Rogers said, "I'm not a whip so we'll let them worry about the votes."

Boehner's spokesman wouldn't comment specifically on Rogers' proposal.

"I expect the House will act on a continuing resolution soon, but have no further details," Michael Steel told CNN.

A senior House Appropriations aide noted that Chairman Rogers met with top GOP leaders and briefed them on his plans. But two senior House Republican leadership aides cautioned that there have been no decisions yet on how or when the House will take up any federal spending bill.


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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Larry L

    Republicans better check with Grover Norquist, Rush Limbaugh, and the Koch brothers. They hate for their lap-dogs to stray.

    February 13, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  2. JustAO

    Let the cuts in spending come so we can once again prove that cutting spending hurts our economy like it did in other countries and what economists have been saying all along. Then we can forever be done with GOP economic policy of cut spending and low taxes for wealthy as a way to grow this country's economy.

    February 13, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. 2012liberal

    Just close loopholes private and corp, tax international transactions, get $ out of tax havens, stop oil substudizes. Enough said.

    February 13, 2013 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  4. Cam Spurgeon

    Well it seems as if this guy is actually trying even if just an extension. If Boehner cant work on it maybe Rogers shld??

    February 13, 2013 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  5. 2012liberal

    AND support they country! Why would any corp or manufactor' want 2 bring the business what 2 come 2 such an under-developed country? When our leaders wont even fund the simplest of projects 2 make us competative. Airports, infustructor, high speed rail, fiber optics or even education of our citizens! We R THE JOKE

    February 13, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  6. larry5

    Politicians doing something to keep the government from shutting down. Write another hot check? Why change now. The main tool available to Liberals is raising taxes and writing checks. They pick out who they'd like to punish or reward and get after it. Beyond that and recess there is nothing else left to do. The little people can be so annoying and the Republican legislators are so nasty and disagreeable one can't help but call them vile and disgusting names especially if one wishes to stay in Obama's good graces.

    February 13, 2013 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  7. ARTraveler

    Oh, the game playing continues. Taxes have never been lower but they lie and talk about increases every 3 months. I think they are getting the 3 months confused with how many inches their noses have grown as they continue to lie to the American people. Pass a bill that raises revenue and cuts where possible until we get that REPUBLICAN national debt under control.. If Bush had put in a graduated income tax surcharge to pay for HIS wars, we wouldn't be having this situation and without HIS tax cuts to the undeserving, we would have paid down the national debt by now. The REPUBLICANS screw up the country and then try to screw up any attempt to clean up Bush 2's mess. The klowns are in control of teh House.

    February 13, 2013 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  8. cbr

    We will watch as members of Congress give us another few weeks of what ifs and lots of speeches. They will tell us why they refuse to pass this bill or any other. They will blame everyone else. They just do not understand that the election did happen and the PResident was re-elected. If they choose not to respect that then we will have to find candidates who will do the work and move the country forward in 2014. They do not realize just what an effect modern technology can have on their electability. Every member of the House is up for re-election. Each voter will need to decide if their representative should be re-elected. If they have done nothing then they most certainly do not deserve another term.

    February 13, 2013 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  9. DENNA

    This man cannot be a real Republican. He actually has a plan.

    February 13, 2013 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  10. Rogue351

    Yes their plan is to blame OBAMA. They have been doing it for the last 5 years and it is getting old. How about stepping up and doing their jobs with the people in mind instead of the big corporations or the NRA. How about just doing their jobs instead of blocking and getting paid for doing NOTHING. How about listening to the people and not just the people on the same side as the NRA. There are more Americans for gun regulation than against it but yet the NRA can negate this fact because they have money which decides who gets re-elected and who does not. This is corruption plain and simple. And YOU support corruption every single time you vote another GOP / Tea Party member into office.

    February 14, 2013 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  11. Eli

    Oh please. I think we all know the republitards aren't capable of problem solving.

    February 14, 2013 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  12. Anonymous

    Just put a stop to mexican illegak s and grass cutters and cooks who conti nue to sell drugs

    February 14, 2013 04:36 am at 4:36 am |
  13. James Klimaski

    What is the story here? Isn't it his job to introduce a spending bill? What can we expect next, a press release saying he came to work today?

    February 14, 2013 04:49 am at 4:49 am |
  14. aCriticalEye

    If and when this sequester takes effect, the GOP/Tea party is going to take it in the shorts. The american public knows this problem was contrived by them to make our president look bad and position themselves for power.

    Mark my words....the war is coming

    February 14, 2013 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  15. Marie MD

    What's his plan get rid of all rethugs and tea baggers in congress? It's like the joke about lawyers (which a lot of them are) and sharks at the bottom of the sea and something about a good start.

    February 14, 2013 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  16. batjones

    The problem with Congress is that the House Republicans will not negotiate a plan with House Democrats. Not once have we heard that Speaker Boehner sat down with Minority Leader Pelosi. Not once on any piece of legislation.

    February 14, 2013 07:58 am at 7:58 am |