House Passes One-Week U.S. Budget Extension; Obama Would Veto

Posted: April 7, 2011 in Washington Politics

Laura Litvan
April 7, 2011

April 7 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. House approved a stopgap spending bill to keep the government open through next week, although President Barack Obama said he would veto the measure and a shutdown still looms.

The measure, passed 247-181, would cut another $12 billion in spending this year and fund the Pentagon at current levels through Sept. 30. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, called the bill a “non-starter.”

Reid and House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, returned to the White House today to meet with Obama for talks to try to avert a shutdown at midnight tomorrow.

Leaders of both parties insist they don’t want a shutdown while they maneuver to avoid blame if one occurs.

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