Barring an unexpected turn of events, Congress will avoid a government shutdown again this week, by passing stopgap legislation to keep the government funded for another three weeks. But patience is wearing thin across Washington -- in the Republican and Democratic conferences on the Hill, and at the White House, where officials are frustrated about having to run the government on piecemeal, inefficient budgets.
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The House will vote Tuesday on yet another "continuing resolution," which cuts several billion more in spending from the government's current operating budget. It will likely pass both the House and the Senate, but it's not clear they'll be able to pass another, if they don't bridge the budget impasse by early April.
"We may not be able to fully resolve this and meet next week's deadline for the continuing resolution, which means that there may be potentially one more short-term extension," President Obama said at a Friday press conference. "[W]e can't keep on running the government based on two-week extensions."