Boehner Says No to Monthlong CR

Posted March 1, 2011 at 11:01am

Speaker John Boehner insisted Tuesday that the House would stick to its plan to pass a two-week continuing resolution.

The White House wants Congress to pass a monthlong CR; administration officials met with Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday night to discuss the issue. Speaking at a press conference Tuesday, Boehner did not appear to budge.

“If there had been a conversation about this 10 days ago or two days ago, we might have had something to talk about,” the Ohio Republican said. “But the fact is we were forced to move on our own. I think we’re taking a responsible path forward to keep the government open and meet our commitments to cut spending.”

The House is poised to pass a short-term CR later Tuesday that would cut $4 billion in government spending. The vote comes less than two weeks after the chamber passed a longer-term funding bill that includes $100 billion in cuts. That measure is considered dead on arrival in the Senate. The current CR expires Friday. The shorter-term measure the House is set to take up Tuesday funds the government through March 18 and gives the two chambers more time to negotiate a longer-term measure to fund the government through Sept. 30.

“I think all of us know that cutting spending in Washington, D.C., never happens, so to think that we’re going to have significant cuts in spending levels is not going to be easy,” Boehner said, maintaining that any long-term measure will have to include significant spending cuts. “I understand that, Sen. Reid understands that, but I think all of us know we’re going to cut spending.”