Washington (CNN)– One week before a potential government shutdown House Republican leaders stepped up pressure on Senate Democrats by moving ahead with their proposal that would keep the government running for two more weeks while cutting $4 billion.
"If they walk away from this offer they are actively engineering a government shutdown, " House Deputy Whip Peter Roskam told reporters in a conference call Friday.
While the GOP effort is aimed at laying the blame on Senate Democrats if they fail to agree on the plan before funding runs out next Friday, the proposal also includes some cuts intended to find common ground with Senate Democrats and the White House.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said the $4 billion in spending cuts would come from program terminations that President Obama included in his proposed 2012 budget and the elimination of earmarks, two areas that Senate Democrats have said they are already considering.
A senior House Republican leadership source said $1.3 billion in cuts would come from eliminating six federal programs and $2.7 billion in savings would come from getting rid of earmarks in the spending measure that’s currently keeping the government operating. Leaders said details of the bill would be posted online later Friday afternoon.
“There is the potential for a lot of overlap in what Republicans and Democrats want to do to cut spending,” Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democratic leader, said in a written statement responding to the proposal. But Schumer also said, “they are threatening to force a shutdown if they don't get everything they want. That is reckless and irresponsible."
House GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy stressed, "these are things that people have agreed to already."
House Republican Leaders said they are pushing ahead on the short term measure which would allow more time for the House and Senate to negotiate a longer term spending bill for the rest of the year.
A government shutdown is "not an acceptable or responsible option for Republicans,” Cantor said, but clearly tossing the ball in the Senate's court, added, "this will be our second action to prevent a shutdown compared with no action by Senate leaders." Cantor was referring to the more than $60 billion in spending cuts the House passed last week.