The Republican vice presidential candidate will be back in Washington for Thursday's continuing resolution vote to keep the federal government open till next March.

The six-month funding bill will keep the government funded at a modest increase from 2012 spending levels.

When asked, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said he expects Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to vote for the stopgap measure, even though the deal sets spending at a level higher than Ryan proposed in the House GOP budget passed this spring. Dozens of Republicans are expected to vote no.

When pressed on the spending differences between the two plans, McCarthy said he didn't want to speak for other members, but expected Ryan to vote for the continuing resolution.