The Senate is expected to take up H.R. 1, the continuing resolution that the House passed February 17. H.R. 1 cuts over $60 billion in FY 2011 spending, defunds the health care reform law, and includes other policy language affecting clean water, climate change and planned parenthood. The bill is not expected to pass as there are strong objections to the policy language and many of the deep cuts.
The Senate is also expected to vote on a bill introduced by Senator Inouye (D-HI), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which would reduce spending at a rate of $51 billion below the FY 2011 President’s Budget Request. The cuts are different from the reductions in H.R. 1 and the bill would continue to fund health care reform. This bill is also unlikely to pass. If both measures fail, the next step is to find a compromise that can get the 60 votes needed to pass in the Senate.