The House of Representatives plans to take up a spending bill this week to fund government agencies and programs past the end of fiscal 2014, Defense News reported Monday.
John Bennett writes Congress will have to approve a continuing resolution to prevent a shutdown and send the final bill for President Barack Obama’s signature ahead of the midterm elections.
House lawmakers could head into recess for campaigning by Sept. 19 and senators could follow four days later, according to Bennett’s article.
“I think we’ll pass a clean CR that would operate the government probably into December,” Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told Fox Business Network in a recent interview.
Bennett writes that a CR allocates government funding at past-year levels and aims to limit acquisition programs, production line expansion and multiyear contract negotiations.