House Republicans supporting the budget deal are eager to get the current budget vote over with so they can move on to debating the 2012 budget proposed by House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
“It's not the CR that's the big issue,” Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Penn., who plans to vote 'yes,' told reporters. “We're taking our eye off the ball. The big issue is 2012, it's reforming the entitlements that will have the real effect on our deficit and debt.”
He acknowledged, “It's not perfect. I'm convinced that practically everyone on our side wishes we cut more, but we are only the House. We can't vote for the Senate and we can't get the Senate to sign.”
Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La., echoed a similar sentiment.
“We have to get beyond fiscal year 2011 and the unfinished business from the 111th Congress and Nancy Pelosi's failure to enact a budget,” he said.
He also insisted that the GOP had negotiated “real cuts,” and saying the difference between budget authority and outlays has caused confusion.
“There's money that's appropriated, if it's not used, it's still with those departments, and it sort of hangs out there,” he said. But this bill would cut that off, according to Boutsany.