|US tables temporary budget for spending needs
A key US lawmaker introduced a stop-gap funding bill Wednesday to prevent an October 1 government shut down, acknowledging there is not enough time to pass a yearly US budget.
House Appropriations Committee chairman, Republican Hal Rogers, unveiled a temporary measure that would continue funding for all federal agencies, programs and services after the current fiscal year ends September 30 – but only until December 15.
The so-called “continuing resolution'' would fund discretionary spending – which excludes some military costs and entitlement program payments like Social Security – at the annual rate of US$986.3 billion.
That figure almost certainly will be contested by Democrats, who charge House Speaker John Boehner is seeking to make automatic spending cuts – known as sequestration – enacted earlier this year permanent by not extending funding at the pre-sequester levels.
House Republican leader Eric Cantor said a vote on the measure is expected this week.
Congress has bickered for months over spending levels and has been unable to agree on a full federal budget for fiscal year 2014.
In the absence of a full budget bill, the stop-gap measure will need to be passed by the Republican-led House of Representatives and the Democrat-led Senate by September 30.—AFP