House expected to vote on short-term CR

Thursday - 12/16/2010, 2:20pm EST

The House is expected to vote on a temporary continuing resolution today, a House leadership aide tells Federal News Radio. The move will give lawmakers more time to consider a permanent funding bill for the rest of the fiscal year.

The government is operating on a continuing resolution that expires at the end of Dec. 18.

The Senate has yet to vote on an omnibus spending bill that would replace the continuing resolution the House approved earlier.

If the omnibus passes the Senate, the measure will then have to be approved by the House. However, The Hill reported Thursday, Senate Republicans are expected to delay the vote by having clerks read every page of the 1,924-page bill which could take up to 50 hours.

Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) told Fox News, "We're trying to run out the clock. They should not be able to pass this kind of legislation in a lame-duck Congress."

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has offered up a one-page continuing resolution that would fund the government at current levels through Feb. 18, 2011.

Federal News Radio has put together a list of the top unresolved issues affecting federal employees, including agency funding and a pay freeze. We will update this resource as more information becomes available.