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Reports: Congress to Vote on Short-Term CR to Avoid Govt Shutdown

CongressCongress continues to work on measures that will help prevent a government shutdown as the end of the fiscal year nears without a long-term budget deal in place, Defense News reported Saturday.

Leo Shane and Aaron Mehta write that the Senate will consider a $1.02 trillion continuing resolution that would fund the government through December after lawmakers halted proposals to defund Planned Parenthood.

The report said Congress will vote on the short-term CR early this week.

According to the report, some analysts believe House Speaker John Boehner‘s planned resignation at the end of October could also impact the budget negotiations.

“This doesn’t bode well for any kind of a deal on the budget. Maybe Boehner can pass a clean CR with Dem help,” Andrew Hunter, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and former Defense Department official, told DoD News.

Manu Raju, Ted Barrett and Deirdre Walsh also report Friday on CNN that Boehner has indicated plans to put the provision to defund Planned Parenthood onto a separate “reconciliation” bill in order to move the spending bill forward.

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