Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner rejected a Democratic proposal to extend government funding for four weeks instead of the two-week bill the House is voting on Tuesday afternoon.
"If there had been a conversation about this ten days ago or two days ago we might have something to talk about," Boehner said.
Speaker Boehner met with Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid on Monday, according to a Boehner aide, to discuss next steps on spending bills, and a longer term extension was among the items discussed. The aide declined to speak on the record about the private meeting. When asked whether discussions included the White House, this aide said, "They have not engaged with us."
Boehner told reporters the House will proceed with its vote Tuesday, "But the fact is we were forced to move on our own. I think we're taking a responsible path forward to keep the government open and to cut spending."
Asked if he would accept a longer term measure to allow more time, Boehner again pushed the House GOP plan. "I know what the House is going to do today and that is we're going to cut $4 billion and keep the government open until March 19th. I can't predict what the Senate will or won't do."
Many Senate Democrats have said they would prefer a 30-day extension of government funding because it would give them more time to negotiate a spending measure that would last for the remaining seven months of the fiscal year.
Boehner dismissed a question from CNN asking if the House GOP could accept changes by the Senate, quipping, "If ands and buts were candy and nuts, every day would be Christmas."