US House GOP leaders are delaying a vote on a bill to avoid a government shutdown to let members mull a White House-requested provision to combat the Islamic State, but the delay is unlikely to sink the bill.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., said Thursday that President Barack Obama called Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., on Tuesday to request language for a two-month continuing resolution (CR) to take Saudi Arabia up on an offer to train Syrian rebels on its soil.
Rogers and GOP leaders complied, inserting language into the CR to spend $500 million to help Syrian rebels.
The bill would keep the government funded until Dec. 11, preventing a shutdown while lawmakers campaign in October and early November.
They also postponed a planned Thursday vote on the CR until next week, to allow members to examine and debate the Obama-requested language.
“The bill does not include new controversial riders, or large changes in existing federal policy,” the Appropriations Committee said in a summary of the bill. “However, the CR does include some changes to existing law that are needed to prevent catastrophic, irreversible, or detrimental changes to government programs, to address current national or global crises, or to ensure good government. These provisions are funded within the total level of funding in the legislation.”