In a bold move, Speaker of the House John Boehner will introduce one more stopgap spending bill tomorrow. The Bill will seek to put off the the closing of the government seven more days while cutting another $12 billion from the budget.
President Obama rejected the prospect of another stopgap bill yesterday, but Boehner will go ahead anyway.
Leaders in both parties said talks on a long-term agreement were progressing, but time is running out.
“I think we’ve made some progress, yes, but we are not finished. Not by a long shot,” Boehner told reporters after briefing his conference on Wednesday.
The planned vote on Thursday marks another attempt by House Republicans to put the onus on Senate Democrats to prevent a shutdown at the last minute.
“Republicans have no interest in shutting down the government,” an exasperated Boehner declared at the conclusion of his press conference. “Shutting down the government, I think, is irresponsible and I think it will end up costing the American taxpayers more money than we’re already spending.”
Should the progressive refuse the one week extension (as expected) and no deal is reached before Friday at midnight, Boehner will be able to blame the shutdown on the President and the Senate, which as of this date has still not presented its own budget recommendation.
Boehner and Reid will meet with President Obama Wednesday night at the White House to continue discussing a spending bill. It wasn’t immediately clear whether Rogers and Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), chairmen of the Senate spending committee, would participate in Wednesday night’s talks.
If it appears that all sides are close to an agreement, Rogers said that the one-week bill could be amended in such a way that the House, Senate and White House would support a temporary funding extension.
Rogers said that the House may not need to vote on his bill as currently written.
“It may have to be modified, as we go along here, if some good things happen, and we reach some agreements, then we might be able to change that vehicle … to give us some time,” Rogers said.
Purchase some popcorn and fasten your seat belts the next few days are going to be wild.