The House Appropriations Committee on Friday released a $6 billion stopgap measure to fund government through April 8. This bill is the sixth continuing resolution since the fiscal year began on Oct. 1.
Like the previous short-term funding measure, which runs through March 18, the proposal includes many programs already slated for cuts in President Obama's budget for the next fiscal year, resulting in savings of $3.5 billion. It also eliminates $2.6 billion in funding for member projects or earmarks, which would otherwise be automatically renewed.
"A government shutdown is not an option, period," said Appropriations Chair Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., in a statement. "While short-term funding measures are not the preferable way to fund the government, we must maintain critical programs and services for the American people until Congress comes to a final, long-term solution."
The measure is designed to pass the House Tuesday and be cleared by the Senate before Friday. Rogers says it's simply an extension of the time during which they can negotiate.
When asked about concerns from freshmen who say they won't vote for another CR and want a fight now, Rogers says they're listening to everyone and trying to understand their concerns.