House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is showing no enthusiasm for the new proposal from Republicans to avoid a government shutdown, putting her at odds with Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidDemocrats say Biden must get more involved in budget fight Biden looks to climate to sell economic agenda Justice Breyer issues warning on remaking Supreme Court: 'What goes around comes around' MORE (D-Nev.).
Pelosi said in a statement that the GOP's plan for a two-week spending bill cuts funding for critical programs.
"Republicans want to cut an additional $4 billion, which includes stripping support for some pressing educational challenges without redirecting these critical resources to meet the educational needs of our children," Pelosi said in a statement. "This is not a good place to start."
Pelosi's comments came a day after Reid's office released a statement cautiously applauding the latest continuing resolution proposal by House Republicans.
“The plan Republicans are floating today sounds like a modified version of what Democrats were talking about," Reid spokesman Jon Summers said in the statement. "We’re glad they think it’s a good idea, but we should keep our focus on what we need to do to cut spending and keep our economy growing in the long-term. If we need a little more time to agree on a responsible path forward, we should pass a short-term CR for no longer than the next month."
On Friday, the House Appropriations Committee released a two-week federal spending bill that would avoid a government shutdown when the current continuing resolution expires after March 4.
The GOP's legislation would chop $4 billion in federal spending by cutting certain programs the president targeted for elimination in his 2012 budget proposal. It would also defund $2.7 billion in earmarks.