(CNSNews.com) – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said that Congress was working on a continuing resolution, or CR, which would fund the government through the next few months, admitting that Congress will not be able to pass its annual funding bills before the fiscal year ends on Sept. 30.
“There are discussions ongoing and the anticipation is that we will take up a CR [continuing resolution] the week of the 19th,” Cantor said at his weekly press briefing on Wednesday.
The House of Representatives has passed six of the 12 annual appropriations bills that fund the various branches of government. Three more bills have passed through committee but have yet to receive a floor vote in the House. Three more are still working their way through the committee drafting process.
The Senate has only acted on one of the six appropriations bills sent to it by the House. However, that bill must still go through a conference committee to resolve differences between the House- and Senate-passed versions.
Fiscal year 2011 ends on Sept. 30, meaning a continuing resolution will be needed to keep all or some parts of the government operating. A continuing resolution is a bill that continues government funding at the previous year’s level for a certain amount of time.
Cantor said that the CR currently being discussed would fund the government through late fall. (Fiscal year 2012 runs from Oct. 1, 2011 through Sept. 30, 2012.)
“My expectations are – there’s been no agreement – but my expectations are that that CR will take us sometime through late fall,” said Cantor.
The government is currently being funded by a continuing resolution, after House and Senate Democrats failed to complete the 2011 appropriations process in 2010. That resolution, signed in April of this year, spent a total of $1.3 trillion.