As House and Senate leaders “haggle over ways to avoid a government shutdown, a Democratic senator said the Republicans’ short-term spending bill – including billions of dollars in cuts – has been largely accepted by upper-chamber Democrats,” The Hill reports.
Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) said the GOP measure – which would cut $4 billion in federal spending this month – "does not appear to be terribly controversial."
Cardin was quick to note the ongoing debate about the duration of the short-term continuing resolution, with Republicans pushing a two-week extension and Democrats urging a month-long stop-gap bill. But the $4 billion figure, Cardin said, "is pretty much agreed to."
"I’m not happy with it, but it’s a compromise," Cardin told reporters Monday night.
The $4 billion in cuts “are derived from a combination of defunding earmarks ($2.7 billion) and eliminating programs targeted for cuts by President Obama’s 2012 budget proposal ($1.2 billion).”