Cantor says he will cut spending to ’06 levels if it is the ‘will of the House’

Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said on Monday that if Republicans can find the 218 votes needed, they will reduce government spending for the rest of FY 2011 all the way down to 2006 levels rather than 2008 levels as promised.

“If the will of the House is such, if there are 218 votes to deliver on '06 levels, then so be it," said Cantor in response to a reporter's question on whether it would be possible to make such a deep cut. "But again, we intend for there to be an open process, and the body is going to work its will."

Cantor reiterated the Republican promise to reach at least 2008 levels of spending in their cutting of non defense discretionary spending. A vote on the resolution starting the process for FY 2011 budgeting will take place Tuesday.