The spending bill is needed to keep the government running through Nov. 18; current spending authority stops at the end of September.
House SpeakerÂ John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) had hoped to avoid another budget battle in the wake of the summer’s debt ceiling fight and a near-shutdown of the government in April that caused voters to sour onÂ Republicans and Democrats in Congress.
The rebuke gives new currency to Senate Democrats’ efforts to fund disaster aid without cuts elsewhere. Congress has just days to resolve the impasse as lawmakers are expected to recess Friday for the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashana next week.
“They’re threatening to shut down the government to get what they want,”Â Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the majority leader, said of the GOP-led House.
House Republican leaders huddled late Wednesday to consider their options. It is unlikely they will be able to persuade their right flank to support a bill with spending levels higher than they want. Instead, Boehner will probably be forced to rely on Democrats for votes.