On the House side, Republican leaders rejected Reid's offer as not serious about cutting spending, but – in a shift – opened the door to a stop-gap measure, with spending cuts.
“The House has passed legislation to keep the government running until October while cutting spending. If Senator Reid refuses to bring it to a vote, then the House will pass a short-term bill to keep the government running – one that also cuts spending,” said Speaker John Boehner, in a statement.
Last week, Mr. Boehner said he would not bring a new spending bill to the floor that does not include cuts, period. But he denied that Republicans are proposing a government shutdown. “Not one Republican is talking about a shutdown; it’s [House Democratic leader] Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid,” he said, in remarks to reporters off the House floor on Friday.
House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R) of Wisconsin said he expects that bipartisan negotiations will produce “short-term extensions with spending cuts.” “We’re not looking for a government shutdown,” he said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”