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House to Vote on U.S. Funding Should Budget Talks Fail
By Derek Wallbank - 2013-11-21T17:58:12Z
The U.S. House will vote onlegislation to continue funding government operations and avoida federal shutdown should budget negotiators fail to reach anagreement, Speaker John Boehner said.
The talks are being led by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan,a Wisconsin Republican who was his party’s vice presidentialnominee in 2012, and Senate Budget Chairman Patty Murray, aWashington state Democrat.
“I’m hopeful that Chairman Ryan and Chairman Murray cancome to some agreement on the budget,” Boehner, of Ohio, toldreporters in Washington today. If they can’t, the House “willbe prepared to move” on a temporary spending bill that wouldkeep the government open, he said.
The commitment, which echoes comments Ryan made yesterday,reduces the risk of another government shutdown when federalspending authority expires Jan. 15.
The measure would fund the federal government initially at$988 billion, a level that would be automatically reduced to$967 billion in January.
Boehner didn’t provide details on the length of such ashort-term funding bill, or whether the House would take it upbefore or after Dec. 13, when the House is scheduled to leaveWashington for a several-week break.
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