Eric Cantor: House debate on government funding bill could stretch past Thursday
Debate on House Republicans' plan to continue funding the federal government could stretch past Thursday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) announced in a memo Wednesday afternoon.
The House had been scheduled to wrap up action by 3 p.m. Thursday on the resolution, which would cut $61 billion from spending across federal agencies through September. But lawmakers have offered 583 amendments to the legislation through an open process led by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
Not all of those amendments will make their way to the floor, but if Tuesday night's debate was any indication, lawmakers could end up debating the spending measure for longer than anticipated. As Cantor noted in his memo, Tuesday's session ended just before 1:15 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
"Therefore, Members are further advised that consideration of the CR and related votes may stretch beyond the 3:00 p.m. goal of last votes for the end of the week on Thursday," Cantor wrote. "Members should plan for that contingency. When the House finishes its business for the week will depend on how many of the 400 plus remaining amendments are offered, how long Members choose to speak on those amendments, and which amendments receive recorded roll call votes. Again, it is my intention that all legislative action on the [resolution] be completed on Thursday."
After voting Wednesday to proceed on a measure extending key provisions of the Patriot Act, the House began voting on 10 amendments to the government funding measure. Several more hours of debate were planned for Wednesday afternoon, with another series of votes expected to come around 6 p.m.
Both the House and Senate are scheduled to be in recess next week for the President's Day holiday.
| February 16, 2011; 1:53 PM ET
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