WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) today issued the following statement upon House passage of the short-term Continuing Resolution (CR):
“Today, the House took yet another step to keep the government running while making common-sense spending cuts. This CR follows through on our commitment to get Washington to begin to live within its means and prevents potential shutdown by focusing on cuts that have garnered broad bipartisan support including terminations and reductions from the President's budget request and elimination of earmark slush funds.
"The CR now heads to the Senate and I am pleased that Leader Harry Reid announced that they will take up and pass this legislation so that it can be signed into law before the March 4th deadline. I urge the Senate not to make any changes to this CR and pass it in its current form to keep the government functioning as we work on a permanent measure to cut spending. Furthermore, now that Congressional Democrats and the Administration have expressed an openness for spending cuts, the momentum is there for a long-term measure that starts to finally get our fiscal house in order. Changing the culture of borrowing and spending in Washington is no small feat, but I am heartened by today's action and it shows that Republicans have started to make the meaningful changes that voters called for in the last election, and I call upon Senator Reid to begin working with us or offer a plan of his own."