The House Rules Committee on Wednesday announced an emergency meeting at 5 p.m. to approve a rule for H.R. 1363, the one-week spending bill that would cut $12 billion in one week and fund the Defense Department for the rest of FY 2011.
The Rules Committee meeting is a sign that negotiations on a longer-term budget deal are not progressing. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday said the House would vote Thursday on the bill, and said that while some progress was being made, the talks were "not finished."
Democrats on Wednesday said they could not support H.R. 1363, which cuts too much and yet increases defense spending by 1.5 percent.