House finishes first stage of debate on FY 2012 budget bill

The House adjourned at 10:15 Thursday night after concluding four hours of debate on the fiscal 2012 budget resolution, and will return at 9 a.m. to finish work on a handful of substitute amendments.

Before adjourning, the House debated a substitute amendment from Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) on behalf of the Congressional Black Caucus that Cleaver said would avoid cuts to education, health, technology and other programs that the House GOP budget resolution would make.

Cleaver asked for a recorded vote on his amendment, which will occur on Friday.

The Senate, having passed the 2011 spending bill after the House passed it, adjourned and returns in two weeks.

More in House races

Challenger hits Wasserman Schultz for 'dodging debates'

Read more »