GOP to Vote on 1-Week Budget Extension

And Democrats aren't happy about it

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 7, 2011 7:57 AM CDT

(Newser) – With Republicans and Democrats still leagues apart on the 2011 budget, House Republicans will vote today on yet another extension. This one would only be for a week, but would include a full-year Pentagon budget. It would also include a lot of domestic cuts, as the price to keep the government running. President Obama emerged from talks last night saying "a sufficient sense of urgency from all parties involved" was needed to avoid a shutdown.

Democrats aren't happy about the GOP plan, and told Boehner last night that the one-week extension would be a non-starter. They'd rather focus on a full-year deal instead of giving up more leverage. But by passing the extension, Boehner would put the ball in the Senate's court, in what the AP sees as an attempt to shift blame to Democrats in the event of a shutdown.

House Speaker John Boehner makes a statement after meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House April 6, 2011 in Washington, DC.
House Speaker John Boehner makes a statement after meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House April 6, 2011 in Washington, DC.   (Getty Images)
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