Legislation to Prevent Government Shutdown to Wait Until September

The House has no plans to move forward this week on a catch-all spending bill to avert the government shutdown, sources confirmed today.

Congress will instead leave town for a five-week recess without voting on a continuing resolution (CR) or even introducing it, sources said.

“No CR this week,” one GOP aide said, adding that there is “zero chance” of text appearing this week.

A new spending bill wasn't included on House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-Va.) weekly schedule released late Friday and sources said that there are no plans to change that.

Without a resolution to keep the government running, the government would shut down after September 30. Both sides have reason to avoid that, but they won't get to a vote until closer to the deadline day. 

After the five-week recess, the House will have only eight legislative days in September in which to complete its work before the election.

Momentum began to build last week for a six-month continuing resolution at current spending levels. The bill would likely adhere roughly to the $1.043 trillion projected spending rate for 2012 — $4 billion less than the Budget Control Act top-line number for 2013, but $15 billion more than the level set in the House-passed budget resolution.

The House Appropriations Committee has been crafting its 12 annual bills based on the House budget number, while the Senate has been using the BCA figure. The CR would push a final resolution on the spending level differences and on dozens of policy riders to the spring of 2013.

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