Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) “said Sunday that a short-term budget proposal to avoid a government shutdown on March 4 is ‘clearly headed in the right direction,’ but stressed that he wants a longer-term, comprehensive agreement,” The Hill reports.
The House Appropriations Committee on Friday unveiled a two-week spending bill that cuts $1.24 billion by terminating programs targeted for cuts in Obama’s 2012 budget request and finds the other $2.7 billion in savings by defunding earmarks.
“I think this two-week business is not the way to go,” Conrad said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I think there should be a longer-term agreement.”
While calling the short-term agreement “acceptable,” he said “what is important is that we have a long-term comprehensive settlement with everything back on the table.”
Conrad chairs the Senate Budget Committee.