WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) today issued the following statement regarding passage of the House Republicans’ second short-term Continuing Resolution (CR):
“In just the last five weeks, House Republicans have achieved $10 billion in spending cuts. This is just the start of our efforts to reduce wasteful government spending so that we can increase economic confidence allowing businesses to grow and people to get back to work. At a time when the government is borrowing nearly 40 cents of each dollar it spends, Washington must tighten its belt and do more with less. We hope that the Senate works quickly to approve this measure which is consistent with the previous short-term CR and H.R. 1 and will prevent a government shutdown.
“That said, we cannot continue to fund the government with a series of stopgap measures and I am hopeful that this is the last short-term CR we will have to deal with. It is very clear where the House stands, but three months into the year, the position of a majority of the Senate remains unknown. I strongly believe that Leader Reid must offer a proposal that can gather a majority of support in the Senate. Furthermore, the President has yet to truly weigh in on where he stands, and has an obligation to this country to do so. House Republicans cannot negotiate with ourselves, and we are demanding that Democrats and the Administration get serious about cutting spending and show us their plan.”