For months, congressional Republicans have hammered Senate Democrats for failing to pass a budget. Now, with their majority position on the line in the November elections, GOP House members are having budget troubles of their own.
Conservatives are pressing House Speaker John A. Boehner (Ohio) and other GOP leaders to slash 2013 agency budgets below levels set during last year’s debt-limit showdown, arguing that the deal did too little to curb spending.
While that move might impress tea party voters, it would put them at odds with Democrats and even Republicans in the Senate, who are eager to get through the summer and fall without another nasty spending fight that could shut down the government five weeks before voters head to the polls.
Congressional approval ratings plummeted after last year’s budget drama, and many House Republicans also aren’t keen to repeat the experience. On Thursday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) met with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and other GOP members of the panel to try to settle the dispute. Aides said there was no resolution.