Reid Proposes 30-Day Bill to Avert Shutdown

By Andrew Taylor | February 22, 2011 | 3:43 PM EST

Washington (AP) - The top Democrat in the Senate says that he'll bring legislation to the floor next week to keep the government running at current spending levels to avoid a government shutdown when a deadline comes March 4.

The move by Majority Leader Harry Reid is in keeping with longstanding tradition, but it was immediately rejected by GOP leaders who assailed him for freezing spending at levels inflated by generous budget increases provided under President Barack Obama.

A short-term bill is required because the House on Saturday passed a $1.2 trillion omnibus spending bill to finance the government through Sept. 30. It will take weeks to iron out differences between Republicans and Democrats over that measure.