Congress is expected to send President Barack Obama another continuing resolution to keep the federal government running while they negotiate budget cuts. However, some conservatives are getting fed up with the delays.
So far, Congress has passed six stop gap budget measures to keep funding the operation of the government. Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., said enough is enough.
In just the last month, Congress passed a two-week extension to fund the government through March 18. Now they're about to pass another three-week extension that runs through April 8. Yet, the big fight is going to be over the one that funds government's day-to-day operation over a longer term -- through September.
Pence and a growing number of conservative Republicans have passed a bill with at least $60 billion in cuts along with defunding Planned Parenthood. The Democrats don't want the Planned Parenthood money taken away and they only want a paltry few billion cut in the mounting $14 trillion national debt.
"Democrats liberals in the Senate for their part don't want anything to do with cutting the small amount of $61 billion compared to that massive debt," Pence told CBN News. "And they certainly don't want to pout the sanctity of life back at the center of the federal budget like I believe a majority of Americans would choose to do."
"It's time to pick a fight," he added. "When you listen to Senator Harry Reid go to the floor and say that $61 billion in budget cuts is reckless and irresponsible and mean-spirited. And then he even defended federal funding for the Cowboy Poetry Institute -- this just tells me that they just don't get it. They don't understand the fiscal crisis facing our nation."
"There's a tremendous weight of conformity in Washington, D.C. and the book I read this morning says, 'Be not conformed,'" Pence continued. "We need to dig in. We need to reject the cultural conformity of spending in Washington, D.C. and that's going to take a confrontation. We are willing to make that stand."
"Nobody wants to shut down the government, but if we don't take decisive action we're going to shut down the future for our children and grandchildren," Pence added.
The Republicans and Democrats are going to have to reach a compromise before April 8. If both sides hold firm, a potential government shutdown is on the horizon.