This evening the House Rules Committee met to consider a rule to provide for the debate of HJ Res 44, Further Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011. This is the continuing resolution that I blogged about this last weekend. The Committee approved H. Res. 115 that outlines the rules for that debate. This will be a closed rule with limited debate (one hour on H. Res 115 and then another hour on HJ Res 44) and no amendments; either approved in the Rules Committee or to be offered on the floor.
HJ Res 44 will almost certainly pass in the House on a party-line vote; maybe as early as tomorrow. There are indications that Sen. Reid will allow it to come to a vote in the Senate and that it will pass there on some sort of ‘bipartisan’ vote. At least that’s what a number of different news organizations are reporting. That would allow some additional time for a deal of some sort to be worked out with the Senate on revisions to HR1 that could be approved by both houses.