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This is a rush transcript from "Your World," March 1, 2011. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

NEIL CAVUTO, HOST: OK, it has passed in the House of Representatives, the House formally approving what is essentially a two-week spending bill that keeps the government running for another two weeks, staving off what would be a shutdown otherwise late Friday night if they didn't.adsonar_placementId=1502157;adsonar_pid=150758;adsonar_ps=-1;adsonar_zw=198;adsonar_zh=170;adsonar_jv='ads.adsonar.com';

One fellow not pleased with this sort of middle ground agreement that we are told has the backing of Senate Democrats, is Democratic California Congressman Xavier Becerra.

Congressman, you didn't like the $4 billion in cuts that were part of this, even though those cuts were something, I believe, President Obama had already written off on, right?

REP. XAVIER BECERRA, D-CALIF.: Neil, I didn't like the process. It is crazy to believe that here we are passing two-week budgets for the largest economy in the world. That is no way to operate the largest economy or the smallest business in America. And I don't think that this is the way you do things. Two weeks from now, we could be in the same situation. These cuts were not targeted. As conservative columnist David Brooks said, they seem to have been made without any policy thinking behind them. And so what we doing is, we're -- it is ad hoc budgeting at its worst.

CAVUTO: All right, but there must be something to them if Democrats seem to hate them and dismiss them as you do. And I have had Republicans here who dismiss them because they are not enough. So both sides are ticked off, so that to me is a winner.

(LAUGHTER)

BECERRA: I hope we continue to win, because you can only play Russian roulette so long. And Republicans will only be able to do this for so long.

CAVUTO: So you think, in two weeks, we will be back right where we are, and it will be getting -- it will be getting icky, right?

BECERRA: Well, it is a two-week budget, and so we have no choice but to be at this in another two weeks, unless it gets resolved.

We shouldn't be here. We should have resolved this quite some time ago, but my colleagues on the Republican side spent two months doing political theater, passing a budget which everyone said won't become law and cuts jobs.

CAVUTO: Well, by the way, they're -- if you are going to cast aspersions here, you guys have done this trick a number of times yourselves. In fact, we have gone back and forth raising the debt ceiling and playing these -- these games...

(CROSSTALK)

CAVUTO: a dozen times since 1996.

(CROSSTALK)

CAVUTO: Now, you're right. There's no -- they are inexcusable tricks.

BECERRA: Yes.

CAVUTO: But now are you saying that if we were to raise the debt ceiling, we can't attach anything to it, no spending cuts at all, just yea or nay on raising it?

BECERRA: No, you can threaten to shut down the government. Newt Gingrich and about a dozen of my Republican colleagues have threatened to shut the government down. You can't that. That is a way to try to force through some of things you want.

Is it the responsible way to govern and to budget? I don't think so, because the markets look at what we are doing. The markets are probably looking right now and saying, two weeks, what is going to happen in two weeks?

The small hardware store in my community is thinking, if I had to operate on a two-week budget, what do I tell my customers?

(CROSSTALK)

BECERRA: ... order those supplies?

CAVUTO: Well, why did they do -- you know, Congressman, you mentioned a great point. Why the heck did they do that? Because this to me seems stupid. I agree with you. Two weeks, what does that -- obviously, it is meant to buy time. Maybe John Boehner and some of the others figured that, with the Democratic leadership as well, they could craft a package that would be acceptable to both sides to prevent a shutdown.

Why was this done?

BECERRA: Neil, I think it's still the posturing, the political posturing, that goes on and wondering if the other side would call the bluff of the one who did this.

And I think it is unfortunate, because it's more than just Washington, D.C., at stake. It's a lot of Americans, small businesses that do contracts with the government, a lot of people who depend on the services, seniors who depend on Social Security checks. And so it is one of those things where the gamesmanship has not stopped.

And, unfortunately, here we are wondering if in two weeks we will be right back where we were before. It is not the way to run a government.

CAVUTO: Well, two-week diets work for me. But I guess it is different here.

(LAUGHTER)

CAVUTO: But, look, Congressman, thank you. Always a pleasure, sir.

BECERRA: OK, Neil. Thanks for having me.

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This is a rush transcript from "Your World," March 1, 2011. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

NEIL CAVUTO, HOST: OK, it has passed in the House of Representatives, the House formally approving what is essentially a two-week spending bill that keeps the government running for another two weeks, staving off what would be a shutdown otherwise late Friday night if they didn't.

One fellow not pleased with this sort of middle ground agreement that we are told has the backing of Senate Democrats, is Democratic California Congressman Xavier Becerra.

Congressman, you didn't like the $4 billion in cuts that were part of this, even though those cuts were something, I believe, President Obama had already written off on, right?

REP. XAVIER BECERRA, D-CALIF.: Neil, I didn't like the process. It is crazy to believe that here we are passing two-week budgets for the largest economy in the world. That is no way to operate the largest economy or the smallest business in America. And I don't think that this is the way you do things. Two weeks from now, we could be in the same situation. These cuts were not targeted. As conservative columnist David Brooks said, they seem to have been made without any policy thinking behind them. And so what we doing is, we're -- it is ad hoc budgeting at its worst.

CAVUTO: All right, but there must be something to them if Democrats seem to hate them and dismiss them as you do. And I have had Republicans here who dismiss them because they are not enough. So both sides are ticked off, so that to me is a winner.

(LAUGHTER)

BECERRA: I hope we continue to win, because you can only play Russian roulette so long. And Republicans will only be able to do this for so long.

CAVUTO: So you think, in two weeks, we will be back right where we are, and it will be getting -- it will be getting icky, right?

BECERRA: Well, it is a two-week budget, and so we have no choice but to be at this in another two weeks, unless it gets resolved.

We shouldn't be here. We should have resolved this quite some time ago, but my colleagues on the Republican side spent two months doing political theater, passing a budget which everyone said won't become law and cuts jobs.

CAVUTO: Well, by the way, they're -- if you are going to cast aspersions here, you guys have done this trick a number of times yourselves. In fact, we have gone back and forth raising the debt ceiling and playing these -- these games...

(CROSSTALK)

CAVUTO: a dozen times since 1996.

(CROSSTALK)

CAVUTO: Now, you're right. There's no -- they are inexcusable tricks.

BECERRA: Yes.

CAVUTO: But now are you saying that if we were to raise the debt ceiling, we can't attach anything to it, no spending cuts at all, just yea or nay on raising it?

BECERRA: No, you can threaten to shut down the government. Newt Gingrich and about a dozen of my Republican colleagues have threatened to shut the government down. You can't that. That is a way to try to force through some of things you want.

Is it the responsible way to govern and to budget? I don't think so, because the markets look at what we are doing. The markets are probably looking right now and saying, two weeks, what is going to happen in two weeks?

The small hardware store in my community is thinking, if I had to operate on a two-week budget, what do I tell my customers?

(CROSSTALK)

BECERRA: ... order those supplies?

CAVUTO: Well, why did they do -- you know, Congressman, you mentioned a great point. Why the heck did they do that? Because this to me seems stupid. I agree with you. Two weeks, what does that -- obviously, it is meant to buy time. Maybe John Boehner and some of the others figured that, with the Democratic leadership as well, they could craft a package that would be acceptable to both sides to prevent a shutdown.

Why was this done?

BECERRA: Neil, I think it's still the posturing, the political posturing, that goes on and wondering if the other side would call the bluff of the one who did this.

And I think it is unfortunate, because it's more than just Washington, D.C., at stake. It's a lot of Americans, small businesses that do contracts with the government, a lot of people who depend on the services, seniors who depend on Social Security checks. And so it is one of those things where the gamesmanship has not stopped.

And, unfortunately, here we are wondering if in two weeks we will be right back where we were before. It is not the way to run a government.

CAVUTO: Well, two-week diets work for me. But I guess it is different here.

(LAUGHTER)

CAVUTO: But, look, Congressman, thank you. Always a pleasure, sir.

BECERRA: OK, Neil. Thanks for having me.

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One fellow not pleased with this sort of middle ground agreement that we are told has the backing of Senate Democrats, is Democratic California Congressman Xavier Becerra.

Congressman, you didn't like the $4 billion in cuts that were part of this, even though those cuts were something, I believe, President Obama had already written off on, right?

REP. XAVIER BECERRA, D-CALIF.: Neil, I didn't like the process. It is crazy to believe that here we are passing two-week budgets for the largest economy in the world. That is no way to operate the largest economy or the smallest business in America. And I don't think that this is the way you do things. Two weeks from now, we could be in the same situation. These cuts were not targeted. As conservative columnist David Brooks said, they seem to have been made without any policy thinking behind them. And so what we doing is, we're -- it is ad hoc budgeting at its worst.

CAVUTO: All right, but there must be something to them if Democrats seem to hate them and dismiss them as you do. And I have had Republicans here who dismiss them because they are not enough. So both sides are ticked off, so that to me is a winner.

(LAUGHTER)

BECERRA: I hope we continue to win, because you can only play Russian roulette so long. And Republicans will only be able to do this for so long.

CAVUTO: So you think, in two weeks, we will be back right where we are, and it will be getting -- it will be getting icky, right?

BECERRA: Well, it is a two-week budget, and so we have no choice but to be at this in another two weeks, unless it gets resolved.

We shouldn't be here. We should have resolved this quite some time ago, but my colleagues on the Republican side spent two months doing political theater, passing a budget which everyone said won't become law and cuts jobs.

CAVUTO: Well, by the way, they're -- if you are going to cast aspersions here, you guys have done this trick a number of times yourselves. In fact, we have gone back and forth raising the debt ceiling and playing these -- these games...

(CROSSTALK)

CAVUTO: a dozen times since 1996.

(CROSSTALK)

CAVUTO: Now, you're right. There's no -- they are inexcusable tricks.

BECERRA: Yes.

CAVUTO: But now are you saying that if we were to raise the debt ceiling, we can't attach anything to it, no spending cuts at all, just yea or nay on raising it?

BECERRA: No, you can threaten to shut down the government. Newt Gingrich and about a dozen of my Republican colleagues have threatened to shut the government down. You can't that. That is a way to try to force through some of things you want.

Is it the responsible way to govern and to budget? I don't think so, because the markets look at what we are doing. The markets are probably looking right now and saying, two weeks, what is going to happen in two weeks?

The small hardware store in my community is thinking, if I had to operate on a two-week budget, what do I tell my customers?

(CROSSTALK)

BECERRA: ... order those supplies?

CAVUTO: Well, why did they do -- you know, Congressman, you mentioned a great point. Why the heck did they do that? Because this to me seems stupid. I agree with you. Two weeks, what does that -- obviously, it is meant to buy time. Maybe John Boehner and some of the others figured that, with the Democratic leadership as well, they could craft a package that would be acceptable to both sides to prevent a shutdown.

Why was this done?

BECERRA: Neil, I think it's still the posturing, the political posturing, that goes on and wondering if the other side would call the bluff of the one who did this.

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