The House and Senate leadership remains committed to passage of a continuing resolution (CR) before Congress departs for its two-week recess starting March 25. The current CR expires on March 27 and another is necessary in order to avoid a government shutdown. The new CR (H.R. 933) is a hybrid between another six month CR and an omnibus appropriations bill. It is expected to provide appropriations for five (Defense, Military Construction, Homeland Security, Agriculture, and Commerce-Justice-State) of the 12 unfinished appropriations bills. The other seven appropriations bills are likely to be funded at current levels with some “anomalies.”

The House has already passed its version of the CR, and the Senate hopes to do the same early this week. After the Senate completes action on the CR, it is expected to turn to consideration of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Resolution that was reported out of the Senate Budget Committee on March 14 on a party-line vote of 12-10. The House will be considering its version of the Budget Resolution this week.