Will Republicans finally make a stand on the budget?
I have been calling on Republicans to quit playing around with the stop-gap bills and take a stand for a permanent budget that has some teeth. Although the fifth stop-gap bill passed by a large margin it became increasingly clear that a showdown was coming.
So, will Republicans stand up from what they were sent to Congress to do instead of giving in to Democrat negotiations for temporary short-term budget deals? If House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s comments are anything to base it on then maybe. From The Hill:
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.”
But then there is Speaker Boehner’s comments later in the day that did not go as far as Cantor’s remarks:
“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.
Congress has 10 days to work something out before the government runs out of money – again!