That's important because the House GOP seems disinclined to accept the Senate version of the bill as is. Not that Republicans have any problem with the terms -- the Senate is using their numbers, after all. It's the fact that the Senate's continuing resolution is "clean," which is Washington-speak for "not loaded down with unrelated and controversial riders."
Several ideas are floating around for what the House should add to the bill. There's the ever-popular Keystone XL pipeline, still bogged down by the Obama administration. There are more changes to the 2010 healthcare law that Republicans are eager to make; the biggest of these would delay the law's individual mandate for a year, until after the 2014 midterm elections.
The most politically potent idea may be to require all federal employees, or maybe just all those who work for the White House and
The CR is a hot potato, and it's politically crucial for the House GOP not to be stuck with it when the government's funding runs out and agencies tell their nonessential employees to stay home. Otherwise, the public is likely to blame Republicans for shutting down national parks, idling highway repair crews and the like. (Of course, the public may blame Republicans anyway, given that they're the ones picking the fights here.) So expect the House to move quickly, but not so quickly that the Senate simply sends a clean CR back to the House before Monday night's deadline.
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