Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) urged his House colleagues to stick to the $967 billion spending level outlined in the initial House FY 2014 Budget Resolution.
The federal government only has $30 billion available. If the deadlock is not resolved this week, the government would only be able to pay 70% of the bills.
The shutdown has not yet had a critical impact on homeless assistance programs, since they are currently spending FY 2012 and FY 2013 funds and are considered essential.
Leonard Lance, Frank LoBiondo and Jon Bunyan – have joined 22 of their party colleagues and said publicly that they would vote for a “clean” Continuing Resolution.
The continuing resolution (CR) measure would continue to fund the rest of the government at FY 2012 levels less the sequestered amount that took effect on March 1st.