Draft of continuing resolution aims to avoid government shutdown

House Democratic leaders are looking to pass a continuing resolution that will fund the federal government until March 6, when a new president and Congress are installed rather than deal with President Bush, who has threatened to veto any appropriations bills that spend more than he has recommended.

According to a draft version of the CR, House Democrats would fund most federal government programs at fiscal 2008 levels until March 6 unless Congress acts before that. The draft also includes $5.1 billion for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

House Democratic leaders had previously discussed including the funding in an economic stimulus package valued at about $50 billion.

The package also includes $25 billion in loan guarantees for the U.S. auto industry that was authorized in legislation enacted last year.

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