House approves rule for legislative branch appropriation bill

But Republicans rejected this argument and said Democrats continue to oppose most cuts offered by Republicans, at a time of fiscal crisis that demands cuts.

Mr. Speaker, our colleagues on the other side of the aisle simply cannot stand any kind of cuts, said Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC). What they want are tax increases and continued irresponsible spending.

Under the bill, legislative branch appropriations would be cut by 6.4 percent, due to cuts to several congressional agencies. The Congressional Budget Office would be cut by $3 million, the Government Accountability Office would be cut by $35 million, the Architect of the Capitol would face a $36.6 million cut and the Library of Congress would be cut by $53.4 million.

The sergeant at arms budget would be increased, and the budget for the Capitol Police would be level-funded.

The House may begin taking up amendments to the bill later Thursday night or Friday morning.