WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) today issued the following statement regarding reports of Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid’s proposed short-term Continuing Resolution (CR):
“The short-term CR plan that Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid announced today shows – yet again – that he is not serious about cutting spending and getting our fiscal house in order. While Leader Reid claims that his plan cuts spending, all it does is lock in the status quo spending levels which increased 24% over the past two years. I challenge him to identify a single cut from current spending levels included in his plan.
“Leader Reid also claims in his statement that Republicans are threatening to shut down the government, nothing could be further from the truth. As I said this morning, a government shutdown is not an acceptable outcome, and I again call upon Leader Reid to commit to take that threat off the table and find areas to actually cut spending from the levels we are currently operating at. We need to work together so that we can keep the government functioning and take the first steps toward getting our fiscal house in order to foster an environment where businesses can grow and create jobs. Leader Reid’s smoke-in-mirrors version of spending cuts doesn’t pass the smell test and it won’t get us any closer to living within our means just like every business and family throughout the country is doing.”