As early as Monday January 13, the House will vote on a three-day Continuing Resolution (CR) to give the Appropriations Committees more time complete action on the FY2014 Omnibus Appropriations bill.  A Senate vote will quickly follow the House action.  The current CR is set to expire on Wednesday, January 15.

House and Senate leaders are confident that the $1 trillion Omnibus Appropriations bill (including all 12 FY2014 appropriations bills) is close to completion. But, they are also eager to avoid any chance of a government shutdown, and a short-term CR is a necessary precaution.

House Appropriations Committee chairman Harold Rogers (R-KY) has indicated the committees will work over the weekend to complete the bill. However, the bill probably will not come to the House floor until right before the current CR runs out on Wednesday. A new CR will provide extra time extra time for the House and Senate time to vote on the bill and send it to the president.