House Speaker Boehner says he expects the $1.1 trillion government funding bill to pass the House of Representatives on Thursday. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday said he expects the $1.1 trillion government funding bill to pass the House of Representatives later in the day. "I expect this bill will receive bipartisan support to pass," the top House Republican leader told reporters at a news conference. Congressional Democrats objected on Wednesday to controversial financial and political campaign provisions tucked into the $1.1 trillion U.S. spending bill. The complaints from House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats clouded the chances for passage of the funding bill as a midnight Thursday deadline drew near to avoid a government shutdown. Republicans were preparing a one-or-two day extension to keep federal agencies open past the deadline, but were unwilling to make any concessions on dozens of provisions added to the bill.