The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passed a one-week government funding bill Thursday that would cut spending by $12 billion and fund the Pentagon for the remainder of the current fiscal year.
The measure is not expected to clear the Democratic-controlled Senate. ¬†President Barack Obama has promised to veto the measure if it reaches him because of the programs it would cut.
A temporary spending measure that currently is funding the federal government expires at midnight Friday. If Congress doesn't pass either another temporary spending measure or a bill to fund the rest of the fiscal year, nonessential government services and offices would shut down until a funding measure is passed.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, indicated that he and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, would go to the White House at 7 p.m. Thursday for additional talks.FULL STORY