Cantor restarts budget messaging war, asking Dems 'what tax increases' will pay for their plan

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on Wednesday asked Democrats how they intend to pay for their proposal to freeze spending at current levels for 30 days while the Senate weighs the 2011 spending bill passed by the House.

House Republicans and Senate Democrats have been engaged in a messaging war ahead of a possible government shutdown. Both sides exchanged barbs throughout the day Tuesday, and Cantor picked up again on Wednesday with an attack on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

"Leader Reid, if the status quo is your plan, what tax increases will you propose to pay for it?" asked Cantor in a statement.

He continued: “Yesterday, Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) offered an unserious short-term continuing resolution that continues spending at current levels. This so called ‘olive branch’ locks in the status quo spending levels that increased 24 percent over the last two years and fails to cut a single dime from current spending levels."

The two parties are arguing over a short-term solution to fund the government in order to ward off a shutdown on March 4. On Tuesday Reid offered a one-month extension of the current spending plan. Republicans want the extension to last as little as two weeks and contain immediate cuts.

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