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House GOP Backs Off Spending Demands To Prevent Government Shutdown

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"I'm deeply disappointed that the House and Senate were unable to complete Appropriations bills before the end of the fiscal year," Rogers said in a statement. "Unfortunately, with the Senate's inaction and election-year politics in play, our committee's bills will not be negotiated before the end of the fiscal year, and therefore a temporary funding Band-Aid is necessary to prevent a government shutdown."

"However, while important, this bill essentially punts on the core duty of Congress to complete its annual Appropriations and budget work," he said.

The legislation reflects a late July agreement between House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), and backed by President Obama. But Boehner and Reid the agreement was finalized only shortly before Congress adjourned for August recess, and Congress couldn't act on it until this week.

"This stop-gap measure will keep the government operating at a rate consistent with what we agreed to in last year's bipartisan Budget Control Act," said Appropriations Ranking Member Norm Dicks (D-WA) "As I've said all along, it was inevitable that we would return here and I regret that we spent the greater portion of this year considering appropriations bills that didn't comply with that hard fought agreement."

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