Rep. Steve WomackSteve WomackStudents across the country spend their 'summer recess' getting involved in politics After the balloons have fallen Obscure lawmaker thwarts Never Trump movement MORE (R-Ark.) said Republicans do not want a shutdown but do want spending cuts, and said Democrats are ignoring the need for cuts.
"The message from the electorate is simple: Live within your means," he said. He added that Congress has kicked the fiscal 2011 budget so far down the road, Congress has a "chronic case of turf toe."
Democrats mostly used morning floor time to protest about the Republicans' fiscal 2012 budget, although Rep. Jim McDermottJim McDermottHouse passes bill exempting some from ObamaCare mandate Government to step in if insurance companies don't offer affordable health care choices Dems fear they made a mistake passing ObamaCare provision MORE (D-Wash.) said the fight over the 2011 budget is over Republican social policy goals.
"It is not about balancing the budget, it is not about anything else except getting poor people," he said.
Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.) suggested that current spending cuts could be achieved by ending U.S. military action in Afghanistan.
"You want to eliminate wasteful government spending?" she asked. "I say the war in Afghanistan could be No. 1 on our list."
Reps. Earl BlumenauerEarl BlumenauerOvernight Finance: House GOP grills IRS chief on impeachment | Bipartisan anger over Iran payment | Fed holds rates steady but hints at coming hike Panel votes to extend nuclear power tax credit DEA decision against reclassifying marijuana ignores public opinion MORE (D-Ore.) and Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) focused exclusively on the 2012 budget in their morning comments, and warned that Republicans want to end Medicare in their next budget.