With only a week until the short-term Continuing Resolution expires, the House of Representatives passed 221 – 202, a measure that asks the Senate to reconsider HR1, the long term fiscal 2011 spending bill that the House passed in February. Lawmakers voting against the measure included 15 Republicans and 187 Democrats.
The bill would also prohibit lawmakers and the president from receiving a salary if the government shuts down.
This morning, Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA), an original co-sponsor of the bill, joined the Washington Journal to discuss the measure and the differences between Republicans and Democrats on developing a budget and proposed spending cuts.
"There's no reason why, with all that's going on in the world and with the state of the economy, that we can't avoid a government shutdown," Vice President Biden said Wednesday night after a meeting with Senate Democratic leaders.
Lawmakers are still negotiating on what the extent of spending cuts should be for the rest of the fiscal year.