Just back from summer recess, Congress is already eyeing an early getaway. Before making their Washington exit, however, Congress must pass a spending bill to avoid a government shutdown at the end of the month.
As chair of the House Appropriations Committee, Kentucky Congressman Hal Rogers introduced a continuing resolution that will continue government functions at current levels through March 2013.
The Somerset Republican calls it a "good-faith effort to provide limited, yet fair and adequate funding "for the next six months. He added “the bill essentially punts the core duty of Congress to complete its annual budget work.” Congress has not agreed on final spending bills for the 2013 fiscal year, which starts October 1st. With the election less than two months away, Democrats and Republicans remain divided over spending priorities.
The House is set to pass the continuing resolution Thursday with the Senate scheduled to vote next week.