No, we don’t believe in what you think the government should be, a massive cradle-to-grave welfare state.

WASHINGTON — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Republicans in Congress “do not believe in government” and are “poised” to shut it down.

“The Republicans are poised to shut down government. The Republicans are poised to let sequestration go forward, which is — sequestration — you know what that word means? Well, what it means to the American people is unemployment, no jobs; take us to recession. It’s not quite an exact Latin translation, but that’s what it means,” Pelosi said to laughter at a Capitol Hill press conference on Friday.

In the absence of a formal budget, Congress must pass another continuing resolution next month to keep the government running for the rest of the fiscal year. Automatic across-the-board spending cuts from the Budget Control Act of 2011 are set to take effect next month as well unless Congress passes legislation to avoid the sequester.