Republicans call on Democrats to back a stand-alone bill that would allow the government to operate beyond September.

U.S._House_SealRepublicans on the House Appropriations Committee called on Democrats to back a stand-alone bill that would allow the government to operate beyond September.

Congress is likely to approve a continuing resolution (CR) before the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year so that the federal government can receive funding into fiscal 2011. Without a resolution, government agencies would face a shutdown. Congress has yet to clear any of the dozen annual appropriations bills that provide funding for 2011.

Rep. Jerry Lewis (Calif.), the top House GOP appropriator, and other Republicans on the spending panel said in a letter to Democrats that they have “serious and growing concerns” about what a continuing resolution would look like.

“At a time of extreme spending and political fatigue, it is simply unacceptable to use a must-pass CR as a legislative vehicle for more wasteful federal spending or completing an array of unfinished political business before the election,” the Republicans appropriators wrote.

The GOP lawmakers added that they wouldn’t support any measure that included “unnecessary spending or legislative provisions unrelated to maintaining government operations.”

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Source: Walter Alarkon | The Hill
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