Pelosi appears isolated in spending debate this week

But a comment on House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's (R-Va.) website Monday morning gave further indication that House Republicans are chiefly concerned with support from Senate Democrats, and are less worried about House Democrats.

"Although Democrats initially hyperventilated and called our plan a 'nonstarter,' by the end of the week several members of their caucus called it acceptable and even said that the ideas contained in the spending reductions mirrored their own," Cantor's "Leader's Ledger" said. "We're encouraged that Senate Democrats seem to have gotten the message from the recent election and seem willing to cut spending."

The House returns at 2 p.m. Monday, and floor remarks may offer a chance for gauging the level of support among Democrats for the two-week spending bill. The business of the day in the House, however, is four Judiciary Committee bills that will be voted on later in the day under a suspension of the rules.