Cantor said he and other House Republicans still would seek cuts to the federal deficit, but they would honor the debt deal with the White House that sets spending at a higher level than the GOP's $3.5 trillion budget developed by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, chairman of the House Budget Committee, Roll Call reported.
"I am supportive of a [continuing resolution] being written at that level," Cantor said. "The risk of bringing about brinkmanship or another shutdown [fight] would not be helpful."
Cantor said Republicans generally support addressing a temporary spending bill that would keep the federal government operational after the end of the fiscal year Sept. 30.
Cantor's recommitment to the debt deal -- he first stated his position last week -- comes as a small, vocal group of House conservatives began to push for a resumption of their confrontation with President Obama and Democrats over the size of the federal budget. Roll Call said the conservatives have insisted debt deal levels be viewed only as a ceiling for spending in the temporary funding bill and have urged leadership to be true to Ryan's levels.
Republicans are expected to introduce a concurrent resolution by mid-September that would fund the government through November.
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