Congress will continue to pass bills funding the government for only a few weeks at a time until Democrats meet the GOP halfway on cuts, a House Republican said.

Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) said Democrats need to back $30 billion in cuts for the rest of the fiscal year if any headway is going to be made in the negotiations over a spending bill. 

"I think if [Democrats] aren't going to get closer to the $30 billion halfway mark, we're going to continue to do the … [short term] continuing resolution," Shimkus told Illinois radio affiliate WLS.890.

House Republicans passed a continuing resolution in February that would fund the government and cut $61 billion in spending.

Shimkus's answer came in response to a question about comments by his delegation colleague, Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDemocrats turn on Al Franken Minnesota's largest newspaper calls on Franken to resign Democratic senator predicts Franken will resign Thursday MORE (D-Ill.), who said on Fox News Sunday that he was against cutting more than $10.5 billion in discretionary, non-defense federal spending.

"How is that half? It's not halfway," Shimkus said.

Democrats and Republicans have been in a virtual impasse over a long-term federal spending measure, clashing over how much money should be cut from the federal budget. Congressional Republicans want to cut $57 billion more of federal spending this year, but Democrats say those cuts are far too deep.