April 27 (UPI) — Congressional leaders introduced a funding bill to avoid Friday’s scheduled government shutdown, which calls for a one-week extension.
The bill was introduced late Wednesday, and a vote could be taken Thursday. A shutdown of the government on Friday, the close of the fiscal year, could anger voters, delay tax refunds, temporarily lay off thousands of federal workers, close national parks and otherwise slow the government.
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., announced the stopgap measure, designed to fund the government until May 5 and allow time for members of Congress to finish the details of a finalized bill.
“This Continuing Resolution will continue to keep the government open and operating as normal for the next several days, in order to finalize legislation to fund the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year. I am optimistic that a final funding package will be completed soon,” Frelinghuysen said in a statement on Wednesday.
Earlier this week Congressional Democrats said they would decline to support a makeshift extension until it was clear both parties could reach a deal on spending levels to include in the 2017 budget. A dispute over Obamacare subsidies was resolved, but Democrats cite dozens of items left to resolve.