Republicans to block Senate stopgap without cuts

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 08, 2011 1:36 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Absent a permanent budget deal, Republicans will not allow the Senate to vote on a stopgap measure to keep the government operating beyond Friday night unless it contains additional spending cuts, a Republican aide said.

If a permanent deal is reached, Republicans would allow the Senate to vote on a measure that would keep the government open for a few more day at current funding levels, a separate Republican aide has said.

(Reporting by Thomas Ferraro; Editing by Vicki Allen)