Congress Approves Three More Weeks

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Stopgap gets sent to WH Thurs., measure would stave off shutdown through April 8.

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 17, 2011

Statement by Press Secretary Jay Carney on Senate Passage of the Three-Week Continuing Resolution

Today, the Senate passed a short-term funding bill that avoids a government shutdown and gives Congress the time to find common ground on a measure to take us through the end of the fiscal year. Continuing to fund our government in two or three week increments adds uncertainty to our economy and distracts us from other urgent priorities facing our nation. Now is the time for Democrats and Republicans to come together and find a long-term solution that cuts spending without impeding our ability to win the future. We all agree we want to cut spending, which is why we have already met Republicans halfway. But we will continue to oppose harmful cuts to critical investments in education, innovation, and research and development that we need to grow our economy and create jobs – as well as oppose additions to the bill that have nothing to do with fiscal policy. The President is optimistic that Congress can get this done.

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Given (1) restiveness among deficit hawks in the House; (2) Senator Reid's Social Security comments; (3) the growing meme that the president isn't doing enough to get real deficit talks moving; (4) the distracting swirl of international events; and (5) the calendar -- given all that, the White House can either decide to just let John Boehner twirl slowly in the wind, or the administration can try something dramatic and bold.
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