Hoyer Doesn’t Expect ‘Confrontation’ With GOP Over Spending Bill for New Fiscal Year

September 8, 2011 - 5:50 PM

Steny Hoyer

House Minority Leader Steny hoyer (D-Md.). (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Washington (CNSNews.com) - House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) says he expects Congress to pass a short-term appropriations bill, also known as a continuing resolution (CR), to keep the government running beyond Sept. 30.

"The Republicans don't want, the administration doesn't want, and we don't want at this stage to further undermine confidence in America by having another go-round of possible shut down of government," Hoyer said at his weekly briefing with reporters today.

Hoyer was responding to a question about whether a continuing resolution would pass by September 30 – the end of the government’s fiscal year -- “without any incident.”

“I haven’t heard a whole lot of talk about confrontation over” passing another CR that would fund the government through mid-November, Hoyer said.

This is not the way the process should work. Congress is supposed to complete 12 individual appropriations bills before the new fiscal year begins, but that hasn't happened for years.

As of this week, the House of Representatives has passed six of the 12 annual appropriations bills. Three others have passed through committee but have yet to receive a floor vote in the House. Three more are still working their way through the committee- drafting process.

The Senate has acted on only one of the six appropriations bills sent to it by the House.  However, that bill must still go through a conference committee to resolve differences between the House- and Senate-passed versions.

As of Oct. 1, the government will not spend one dime unless enough Republicans agree to it.