"Time is up here"
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) raised the stakes in the budget showdown on Capitol Hill Tuesday by ruling out another stopgap funding measure. “I want to see a long-term CR here,” he said. “We've got bigger things to deal with. Time is up here."
That leaves House and Senate lawmakers and White House officials little more than 10 days to negotiate a long-term continuing resolution to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year in September.
Later in the day, at a press event with the full GOP House leadership team, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) stopped short of ruling out another emergency funding bill. “I’m not going to put any options on the table or take any options off the table. Our goal is to cut spending because it’s going to lead to a better environment for job creators in America,”
Boehner said at the late afternoon event. Cantor called out Senate Democratic leaders — and President Obama — during a press availability in his Capitol suite Tuesday afternoon. "We need to see [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid and [Sen.] Chuck Schumer get serious,” he said. “We need to see the president get involved.” The House approved a government funding measure 39 days ago that would cut $61 billion from current spending levels.
The Senate failed to pass the House version or a Democratic alternative to cut some $10 billion. At the leadership event, Boehner denied reports that House Republicans were close to striking a deal with the White House that would cut $20 billion more from current spending level