Rep. Steve WomackStephen (Steve) Allen WomackWomack wins initial support to become Budget chairman Overnight Finance: Trump promises farmers 'better deal' on NAFTA | Clock ticks to shutdown deadline | Dems worry Trump pressuring IRS on withholdings | SEC halts trading in digital currency firm This week: Clock ticks toward shutdown deadline 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 McDermottLobbying World Dem lawmaker: Israel's accusations start of 'war on the American government' Dem to Trump on House floor: ‘Stop tweeting’ 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 BlumenauerFifth Dem announces plan to boycott Trump's State of the Union Maxine Waters to skip Trump's State of the Union People with addiction issues should be able to control their own health data 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.