Democrats continue to indicate that they could support $33 billion in cuts from fiscal 2010 levels, but House Republicans have yet to say they can support that number, which is about half of the $61 billion they proposed to cut by passing H.R. 1.
The House on Monday will attempt to make its case for smaller government in a more narrow way, by taking up H.R. 1246, which would reduce Defense Department printing costs by 10 percent. This bill will be taken up under a suspension of House rules, and a vote is expected around 6:30 p.m.
The Senate meets at 2 p.m., and is expected to hold a vote on a judicial nominee in the evening.