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House GOP Leaders Set to Cut Spending (DeLay Mea Culpa)
Washington Post ^ | October 17, 2005 | Jonathan Weisman

Posted on 10/16/2005 10:08:15 PM PDT by RWR8189

House Republican leaders have moved from balking at big cuts in Medicaid and other programs to embracing them, driven by pent-up anger from fiscal conservatives concerned about runaway spending and the leadership's own weakening hold on power.

Beginning this week, the House GOP lawmakers will take steps to cut as much as $50 billion from the fiscal 2006 budget for health care for the poor, food stamps and farm supports, as well as considering across-the-board cuts in other programs. Only last month, then-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) and other GOP leaders quashed demands within their party for budget cuts to pay for the soaring cost of hurricane relief.

DeLay told a packed room of reporters on Sept. 13 that 11 years of Republican rule had already pared down the federal budget "pretty good." If lawmakers had suggestions for cuts, DeLay said he would listen, but he was not offering anything up.

But faced with a revolt among many conservatives sharply critical of him for resisting spending cuts, DeLay three weeks later told a closed meeting of the House Republican Conference, "I failed you," according to a number of House members and GOP aides. Then, in a nod to the most hard-core conservatives, DeLay volunteered, "You guys filled a void in the leadership."

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 109th; 109thcongress; 2006budget; budget; delay; federalspending; gop; housegop; rsc; spendingcuts; tomdelay

1 posted on 10/16/2005 10:08:18 PM PDT by RWR8189
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To: Gipper08

ping


2 posted on 10/16/2005 10:13:04 PM PDT by Stellar Dendrite ( Mike Pence for President!!! http://acuf.org/issues/issue34/050415pol.asp)
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To: RWR8189

I guess the leadership missed Dick Armey.


3 posted on 10/16/2005 10:15:30 PM PDT by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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To: RWR8189
to cut as much as $50 billion from the fiscal 2006 budget for health care for the poor, food stamps and farm supports, as well as considering across-the-board cuts in other programs.

Purely in economic terms -- in terms of money saved -- it might be better to start by reexamining some of the no-bid contracts awarded for Iraq and the Hurricane Katrina cleanup, and then pork barrel projects (you know who you are Mr. Stevens), before we start going for the chump change (in relative terms) that is Medicaid and food stamps. Again, this is just purely in economic terms -- we'd get more bang for the buck by starting with the really big ticket items first.

4 posted on 10/16/2005 10:25:35 PM PDT by mumps
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To: RobbyS

"I guess the leadership missed Dick Armey."

I know I don't!


5 posted on 10/16/2005 10:37:39 PM PDT by NapkinUser ("It is a damn poor mind indeed which can think of only one way to spell a word." -Andrew Jackson)
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To: RWR8189

"You guys filled a void in the leadership."
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FR will do it. :)

Keep their feet to the fire. We don't just want 'cuts' we want to slash and burn!


6 posted on 10/16/2005 11:14:44 PM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/secondaryproblemsofsocialism.htm)
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To: RWR8189

I guess increasing cuts from 35 to 50 billion isnt a bad start although a 15 billion dollar increase is measly compared to the actual budget 15/2300 is barely over half a percent cut. Better than nothing i suppose, although i would imagine we'd get rid of this deficit if we just rolled back the medicare entitlement.


7 posted on 10/16/2005 11:25:36 PM PDT by SDGOP
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To: RWR8189
About time! It is a start now lets start really cutting. Lets give the Democrats something to howl about. For the last 5 years the Republicans tried to gain votes by buying the voters off. The blacks have not budged, The elderly can not even understand the drug benefit. they are too use to one choice. So what has the out of control spending gotten the Republican leadership? Nothing but the scorn of the conservatives who helped put then in office. I'm tired of being a compassionate conservative. It gets us nowhere. Let's gut the government. I would love to see the 2008 budget below 2.0 trillion.
8 posted on 10/17/2005 1:13:10 AM PDT by unseen
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To: RWR8189

These turds in D.C. need to quit spending my money.
Hell what's the difference at this point between dems and repubs?
They both spend my money like it was theirs.


9 posted on 10/17/2005 3:27:21 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (an enemy of islam)
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To: Joe Boucher

Amen.


10 posted on 10/17/2005 5:08:02 AM PDT by olrtex
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To: RWR8189

Killing the new Bush entitlements would be a good start.

Can you believe a GOP President and Congress enacted a *new* entitlement???


11 posted on 10/17/2005 5:12:23 AM PDT by Panic in the Streets ("Mayor, I've confirmed the data, the hippies ARE planning a massive jam band concert!"- Eric Cartman)
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To: traviskicks

I've been saying for awhile that Senators and Congressmen should be paid bonuses. They should personally get $1,000,000.00 bonuses for each 2.5% federal budget they are able to reduce.


12 posted on 10/17/2005 7:46:30 AM PDT by xrp (Conservative votes are to Republicans what 90% of black votes are to Democrats (taken for granted))
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To: xrp

lol, thats the best idea I've heard in a long time.


13 posted on 10/17/2005 8:23:35 AM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/secondaryproblemsofsocialism.htm)
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To: Txsleuth; ovrtaxt; Justanobody; Happy2BMe; sam_whiskey; Scholastic; nonliberal; writer33; ...

"But faced with a revolt among many conservatives sharply critical of him for resisting spending cuts, DeLay three weeks later told a closed meeting of the House Republican Conference, "I failed you," according to a number of House members and GOP aides. Then, in a nod to the most hard-core conservatives, DeLay volunteered, "You guys filled a void in the leadership.""

"No one wants to have an argument with friends, but that argument facilitated the debate that led to the package [of cuts] that [House Speaker J. Dennis] Hastert has now put out there," said Rep. Mike Pence (Ind.), chairman of the RSC and leading proponent of cuts to offset new government spending.


14 posted on 10/17/2005 8:49:38 AM PDT by Gipper08 (Mike Pence in 2008)
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To: xrp

I bet we'd see a balanced budget PDQ.


15 posted on 10/17/2005 8:52:15 AM PDT by RockinRight (I am beginning to think conservatism is buried somewhere under New Orleans' mud...)
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To: xrp

OMG!! Heck, make it $250K and they'd do it. Right now the lobbyists have the power, not the people.


16 posted on 10/17/2005 9:06:28 AM PDT by mosquitobite (What we permit; we promote. ~ Mark Sanford for President!)
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To: NapkinUser
"I guess the leadership missed Dick Armey."
I know I don't!"

I suggest you use that napkin. As far as I am concerned, you have egg all over your face.

17 posted on 10/17/2005 9:55:45 AM PDT by Reaganghost (Democrats are living proof that you can fool some of the people all of the time.)
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To: RWR8189

Ping for Mike Pence!


18 posted on 10/17/2005 9:56:24 AM PDT by Reaganghost (Democrats are living proof that you can fool some of the people all of the time.)
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To: Gipper08

Ping for the RSC!


19 posted on 10/17/2005 9:58:38 AM PDT by Reaganghost (Democrats are living proof that you can fool some of the people all of the time.)
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To: RWR8189; Gipper08

Thanks for the ping...RWR, this is a great article.

I noticed when the Dems were mad about that first bill, because there were no amendments allowed...but, I didn't know that Pence and gang were equally as incensed. Good!

I have to say, that I liked that DeLay stood up and said that he screwed up. I know a lot of people will say that he kind of had to...because he has lost so much of his stature and "power"....but, the fact that he acknowledged that he let them down, is good.

Also, I would still want Delay on my side if I were Pence and gang...he will be a much better ally, than foe, IMHO.


20 posted on 10/17/2005 10:07:51 AM PDT by Txsleuth (Please say a prayer, and hold positive thoughts for Texas Cowboy...and Faith.)
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To: Gipper08

He is on his way, Gipper!


21 posted on 10/17/2005 10:09:09 AM PDT by Txsleuth (Please say a prayer, and hold positive thoughts for Texas Cowboy...and Faith.)
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To: Gipper08

Thanks for the ping to the great article. Mike Pence is just the "sharp stick" the House needs to get moving on more budget cuts.


22 posted on 10/17/2005 10:44:52 AM PDT by hsalaw
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To: RWR8189; Gipper08

I just have to report that Harry Reid....on the floor of the Senate was just blasting the "ultra-conservative group" in the House....for wanting cuts to finance Katrina..

Good going guys, anyone that gets under Reid's skin, is doing their job!!! Thanks


23 posted on 10/17/2005 11:28:19 AM PDT by Txsleuth (Please say a prayer, and hold positive thoughts for Texas Cowboy...and Faith.)
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To: RWR8189
".............House GOP lawmakers will take steps to cut as much as $50 billion from the fiscal 2006 budget..........."

A modest start.

24 posted on 10/17/2005 11:34:47 AM PDT by DoctorMichael (The Fourth-Estate is a Fifth-Column!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: RWR8189
DeLay told a packed room of reporters on Sept. 13 that 11 years of Republican rule had already pared down the federal budget "pretty good."

Forgive me, I just can't hold this in ... bwah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!! Who is he kidding with this??

25 posted on 10/17/2005 11:40:12 AM PDT by MozarkDawg
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To: RWR8189

it would be nice if a few of the conservatives would start a sunset commission and a TQM program to make goverment cost less. Does anyone KNOW how long it takes on average for FEMA to deliver ice, food, shelter vochers? A Houston story had 3000 people a day getting help - but that was 4 weeks after the storm. Is there no way to make the hotel situation go faster when a __ % of building are gone? If Congres focused as mush time on effectiveness as on spending and trips for their families soemthing would get better. shame on the wasteful in Congress.


26 posted on 10/17/2005 11:55:11 AM PDT by q_an_a
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To: RWR8189

I think you could easily trim 500 billion from this runaway budget....the only problem is to get all the big spenders in congress to go along.


28 posted on 10/17/2005 8:07:12 PM PDT by TheLion
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To: Gipper08

Nice article. Pence definitely get them moving. I hope he gets in their face on every issue.


29 posted on 10/18/2005 6:36:47 AM PDT by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: RWR8189
This is actually sad. DeLay actually seemed to believe that we needed Republican liberals.

It seems that he now remembers why we sent conservatives there and what their job is. Hopefully he won't forget again after he destroys Ronnie Earle and comes back to leadership.
30 posted on 10/18/2005 12:14:06 PM PDT by George W. Bush
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