Proposed changes include requiring federal workers to contribute more to their pensions, along with other items from a failed 2011 deficit-cutting effort.
Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., said he didn’t ‘‘see hardly any cuts in there.’’ The lawmaker said, ‘‘Are there a trillion dollars’ worth of cuts? We dropped most of the entitlement stuff out of there. There’s not much in there.’’
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, insisted that the House accept the Senate bill.
‘‘Republicans have got to put an end to the tea party temper tantrums and pass our bill without any gimmicks and without any games,’’ she said.
Rep. Charles Dent, R-Pa., one of the more moderate House Republicans, said his colleagues may not have a choice under the time constraints and the desire to avoid a shutdown, especially if the House gets a bill on Monday — the last day of the fiscal year.
‘‘I'm concerned’’ that Boehner may not have the votes to do that, Dent said. ‘‘I'm not at the point of pants-on-fire yet, or hair-on-fire.’’
Associated Press writers Alan Fram, Stephen Ohlemacher and Erica Werner contributed to this report.