House freshmen call on Reid to lead to avoid shutdown

Rep. Steve WomackSteve WomackGOP lawmakers blast Obama for 'unprecedented' overreach Skies darken for GOP budget Boehner stuns House GOP with resignation 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 McDermottLawmakers urge Obama not to send shoulder-fired missiles to Syria GOP group promises ObamaCare replacement plan — soon Sanders fundraising for 3 House candidates 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: Path clears for Puerto Rico bill | GOP senator casts doubt on IRS impeachment | Senate approves .1B for Zika House votes to let VA doctors recommend medical marijuana Pot advocates storm Capitol Hill 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.

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