As everybody knows, Republicans and Democrats had been expected to clash in September over funding for federal operations, ahead of the Oct. 1 (start of the new fiscal year). In a context where public finances are improving significantly, Democrats seem ready to avoid budget cuts or even increase spending in some areas while Republicans still want to limit expenses.
On a conference call Thursday evening with GOP lawmakers, House Speaker John A. Boehner said it was his “intent to move quickly” when lawmakers return to Washington in September to propose a short-term spending bill that keeps the government running for 60 to 75 days and therefore avert a “government shutdown”. In this context, lawmakers could defer the toughest budget issues to later in the fall, when lawmakers should face a deadline to raise the debt ceiling, according to CBO estimates. Yet, this budget bill will maintain sharp automatic spending cuts ($109 billion) which should entry into force from October 1st.
More from Washington Post:
House Speaker John A. Boehner said Thursday that he plans to avert a government shutdown at the end of September by passing a “short-term” budget bill that maintains sharp automatic spending cuts, known as the sequester.
“Our message will remain clear,” Boehner said. “Until the president agrees to better cuts and reforms that help grow the economy and put us on path to a balanced budget, his sequester — the sequester he himself proposed, insisted on and signed into law — stays in place.”