Cantor says White House rejects deal, shutdown chances rise

House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorEric Cantor: Moore ‘deserves to lose’ If we want to make immigration great again, let's make it bipartisan Top Lobbyists 2017: Hired Guns MORE (R-Va.) accused the White House of increasing the chances of a government shutdown by rejecting a Republican bid to extend federal funding for a week and finance the military for the rest of the year.

The GOP posted legislation late Monday that would keep the government open for a week after Friday’s deadline while cutting $12 billion over the seven days. The bill is aimed at buying more time for stalled negotiations on a long-term plan, but it would fund the Defense Department through September.

“The White House has indicated now that they are already rejecting that notion, which is raising the risk for a government shutdown,” Cantor told reporters after a GOP conference meeting on Tuesday morning.

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While Cantor spoke, House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerJohn Feehery: A political forest fire Trump's pick for Federal Reserve chief is right choice at right time The two-party system is dying — let’s put it out of its misery MORE (R-Ohio) was at the White House to meet with President Obama on the 2011 spending bill.

Cantor said the GOP had not decided whether to vote on the latest stopgap measure, but that it was an option.

The White House refused to say whether it had communicated to Capitol Hill leaders that another short-term spending measure would be unacceptable.

"I don't want to presume we can't reach a deal when we believe that we can," White House press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday morning at an off-camera gaggle.

Carney refused to explicitly comment one way or another on Cantor's claim, citing the ongoing, simultaneous dialogue between Republican and Democratic leaders with President Obama.

"It is not necessary to continue a process of short-term [CRs] when an agreement is within reach," he said.