By Mike Lillis - 04/05/11 03:20 PM EDT
"It's a non-starter," said Rep. Rosa DeLauro (Conn.), co-chairwoman of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. "This is all about an ideological agenda. It's not a part of the deficit debate."
Many Democrats Tuesday morning had not heard anything of the proposal, which GOP leaders on the House Appropriations Committee introduced near midnight on Monday. The Democrats' caucus meeting Tuesday morning featured a visit from Richard Trumka, head of the AFL-CIO, who focused largely on state-based labor fights, not the new GOP CR, according to lawmakers emerging from the meeting.
Informed of the abortion rider, some Democrats said it would only complicate an already complicated debate.
"It just makes it worse and worse — but no surprise," said Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.). "Nothing they [Republicans] do is a surprise."
Other liberal Democrats, including Rep. Jim MoranJim MoranHouse Dem: Congress needs 'courage' to call for its own pay raise House may resume work on spending bills next week Bottom Line MORE (D-Va.), agreed.
Moran objected to the abortion language and the temporary nature of the new CR. The Virginia Democrat said the bill "should be rejected," and called on the White House to take a more aggressive role in hammering out a long-term deal before the end of the week.
Democratic leaders are accusing Republicans of using the deficit spending battle to kill programs that have long been targeted by GOP leaders.
"This isn't about compromise," Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.), chairman of the Democratic Caucus, told reporters at the Capitol Tuesday. "We hear much about how it's all about the deficit, and getting this deficit under control, but really, truly what is it about? It's about ending Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid as we know it."
House Republicans say they intend to vote on the short-term CR Thursday as a backup plan if a long-term deal isn't reached by Saturday. Some lawmakers say there probably isn't enough time to pass either.
"When you look at what time it is today," said Rep. Jim McDermottJim McDermott'Will on the Hill' pokes fun at 2016 election Overnight Healthcare: House mental health bill finally moving forward Lawmakers urge Obama not to send shoulder-fired missiles to Syria MORE (D-Wash.), "we're going to have a shutdown."
The showdown over 2011 funding comes as House Budget Committee Chairman Paul RyanPaul RyanTo reduce gun violence, time to really put up or shut up McConnell pledges redo vote on Zika after break Ryan calls on US to forge trade deal with UK MORE (R-Wis.) released Republicans’ budget blueprint for 2012.