A top “Senate Democrat warned Sunday that Congress is on course for an inevitable government shutdown,” The Hill reports.
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Democrats won’t accept the steep spending cuts proposed by House Republicans through September. Furthermore, Senate Democrats will resist the GOP’s insistence that even a short-term budget fix must include significant cuts – an ultimatum articulated last week by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
Schumer said the Democrats "already agreed" to steep cuts in December, and are ready to fight to keep spending at least at current levels.
"Unfortunately, Speaker Boehner seems to be on a course that would inevitably lead to a shutdown," Schumer said Sunday morning on CNN’s "State of the Union." "That’s reckless … and I hope he’d reconsider."
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) “said he hopes there will be a resolution that averts a shutdown, but noted that House Republicans were just following through on their campaign promises.”
"The only way we’ll shut the government down is if our Democratic colleagues insist on keeping the government large and unsustainable," Graham said on NBC, adding that he won’t support a temporary CR unless it includes some spending cuts.