As of this writing, no agreement has been reached to keep the government running past midnight tonight. Most of the policy "riders" have been resolved and the disagreement is over a final funding number.
I remain optimistic that we will be able to bridge the gap and avoid a government shutdown. The House is prepared to stay in session through the weekend to get the job the done if no deal is reached before midnight.
While I am hopeful that there will not be a shutdown, I know there are many questions about what one could mean. That is why I have posted a number of frequently asked questions on my website.
TUNE IN OR TIVO: Jack to appear on Fox Business Network's Lou Dobbs Tonight TONIGHT at 7 p.m.
I will appear on Fox Business Networks' Lou Dobbs Tonight at 7 p.m. (eastern)THIS EVENING discussing the budget showdown and my efforts to prevent a lapse in pay for members of the military.
HOUSE PASSES BILL TO SHIELD TROOPS, AVERT SHUTDOWN
Senate, President refuse to act
Yesterday, I voted to prevent a lapse in pay and benefits for troops and their families by funding the Department of Defense for the remainder of the fiscal year. The measure would also prevent a government shutdown by funding other programs for an additional week and save taxpayers $12 billion.
Representing more than 80,000 troops, I have seen the sacrifice they and their families make every day in the defense of our country. Our troops should not suffer for Washington's failure to act. Unfortunately, Senator Reid has said he does not intend to take up the legislation and President Obama said he would veto it calling it a, "distraction from real work."
I am continuing my efforts on the legislation I introduced with Louie Gohmert (R-TX) that would prevent any disruption in military salaries during a shutdown. The "Ensuring Pay for our Military Act of 2011,' (HR 1297) would authorize the Secretary of Defense to continue providing pay and allowances without interruption to members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps who provide service during any funding gap. The proposal has garnered bipartisan support with more than 110 bipartisan cosponsors.