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House Republicans Pass Ill-Fated Stopgap Measure

April 11, 2011 by  

House Republicans pass ill-fated stopgap measureIn the event of a partial government shutdown, approximately 800,000 Federal employees would be furloughed, tax returns would be delayed and a host of national parks, museums and forests would suspend its operations.

On Capitol Hill, a shutdown would prompt a rendition of the blame game. With the 2012 Presidential election season starting to heat up, finger-pointing would be as commonplace as number-crunching if Republicans and Democrats can't agree on a budget.

On April 7, GOP lawmakers attempted to prevent a shutdown by passing a stopgap budget the day before the deadline. By a vote of 247 to 181, House Republicans passed a one-week measure that included $12 billion in spending cuts and Pentagon funding through Sept. 30.

However, White House officials said that the bill, if passed by the Senate, would be vetoed by President Barack Obama. Democrats have argued that temporary resolutions are no longer viable solutions despite the fact that the Federal government has operated on stopgap measures since Oct. 1, 2010.

On April 8, the last day before the deadline was set to expire, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said that "women's health" was the final holdup preventing deal between legislators. He claimed that negotiators had agreed on $38 billion in cuts to fund the remainder of the fiscal year, but an "ideological battle" over funding for Planned Parenthood has halted an agreement, according to FOX News.

A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told the media outlet that the largest issue blocking a resolution, as of April 8, was the total amount of spending cuts.

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