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Tea Party wins: $100 billion in cuts in House GOP spending bill
The Hill ^ | February 11, 2011 | Erik Wasson

Posted on 02/11/2011 5:51:11 PM PST by jazusamo

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) on Friday evening introduced a revised 2011 government spending bill that the GOP said will cut at least $100 billion in spending this fiscal year, bowing to demands by Tea Party-backed House freshmen.

The continuing resolution funding the government after March 4 cuts deeply across all areas of domestic spending and singles out many programs for complete elimination.


In the CR $81 billion has been cut from non-security programs, and security-related programs have been reduced by $19 billion, compared to Obama’s 2011 budget request.

The legislation will increase funding for the Department of Defense by 2 percent over last year’s level.

“This evening, on behalf of House Republicans, Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers introduced a Continuing Resolution that will reduce spending by at least $100 billion in the next 7 months – a historic effort to get our fiscal house in order and restore certainty to the economy,” Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said in a statement.

“At a time when unemployment is too high and economic growth is elusive in part because of the uncertainty created by our skyrocketing debt, this legislation will mark the largest spending cut in modern history and will help restore confidence so that people can get back to work. These are not easy cuts, but we are finally doing what every other American has to do in their households and their businesses, and that’s to begin a path of living within our means,” he said.

The CR was immediately rejected by the lead appropriator in the Senate.

“It is clear from this proposal that House Republicans are committed to pursuing an ineffective approach to deficit reduction that attempts to balance the budget on the back of domestic discretionary investments, which constitute only a small percentage of overall federal spending. The priorities identified in this proposal for some of the largest cuts - environmental protection, healthcare, energy, science and law enforcement - are essential to the current and future well-being of our economy and communities across the country," Senate Appropriations Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) said in a statement.

“I am disturbed that some Republicans have indicated a willingness to allow a government shutdown. No responsible elected official should even consider such an option," he added.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) also dismissed it.

“Although Democrats have repeatedly urged them to join us in responsibly cutting waste and excess, Republicans have taken a meat ax to the initiatives that invest in our economy and create jobs for the sake of appeasing their base," he said.

An earlier and milder leadership-backed version of the bill cut $32 billion from current levels of spending; the new bill was estimated to cut $58 billion.

Measured against the 2011 Obama budget request, which was never enacted, the earlier leadership bill cut $74 billion and the new bill cuts $100 billion.

“Everybody got hit,” Interior and Environment Appropriations subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson said.

“Obviously we don’t want to close the national parks…we tried to be selective,” he said.

House appropriators on Thursday announced that they were withdrawing their less drastic CR under pressure from freshmen.

It is unclear if the bill will satisfy freshmen and members of the conservative House Republican Study Committee.

RSC budget guru Rep. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.) said Friday the RSC was still mulling what amendments to offer when the bill comes out next week.

“I think it is important to keep the word” of the Pledge to America, he said.

Some freshmen and RSC members argue that under the GOP Pledge, a full $100 billion must come from non-security spending. The House Appropriations CR contains $19 billion in cuts from security spending.

The committee had raced to produce the bill Friday in order to leave enough time to hold a vote on the bill next week before the House recesses for a Presidents Day district work period next Friday.

Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) said Friday that there will be three days of debate next week, and an open rule will allow for lots of amendments.

Under a three-day waiting period the GOP instituted in January, the bill debate cannot begin until Tuesday at the earliest.

If the bill is not passed before Presidents Day recess, the House and Senate would have only one week left of work to negotiate out a spending bill before March 4.

If a new CR is not passed by March 4, the government will shut down. Congress can pass short-term extensions of the current CR, however.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 112th; budget

1 posted on 02/11/2011 5:51:15 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Woo-hoo!

Defund 0’s UN.


2 posted on 02/11/2011 5:53:06 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS= Obama's Mosque, taxes, painful death. Is this what you want?)
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To: jazusamo

They spend our money, and call it “investments.”

Yeah, investments in their future as lobbyists once the voters finally get sick of them.


3 posted on 02/11/2011 5:55:30 PM PST by EternalVigilance (Ban abortion NOW.)
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To: TribalPrincess2U

should be 1 trillion or more cut. same ole bs. time for our own revolution!


4 posted on 02/11/2011 5:55:30 PM PST by remaxagnt (`)
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To: jazusamo
Two questions:

1) Will it pass the Senate?

2) What will it take to get more tax cuts and more spending cuts?

5 posted on 02/11/2011 5:55:47 PM PST by Jim 0216
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To: jazusamo

I thought they were cutting from the 08 Budget numbers? $100 Billion is peanuts to his last 2 budgets?


6 posted on 02/11/2011 5:56:10 PM PST by luv2ndamend (Same party, different letter.)
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To: TribalPrincess2U

January 20, 2011 list

//www.usnews.com/news/washington-whispers/articles/2011/01/20/house-gop-lists-25-trillion-in-spending-cuts


7 posted on 02/11/2011 5:56:37 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS= Obama's Mosque, taxes, painful death. Is this what you want?)
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To: TribalPrincess2U

Sorry try this:

http://www.usnews.com/news/washington-whispers/articles/2011/01/20/house-gop-lists-25-trillion-in-spending-cuts


8 posted on 02/11/2011 5:58:00 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS= Obama's Mosque, taxes, painful death. Is this what you want?)
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To: jazusamo

We can only hope the EPA gets it in the can!


9 posted on 02/11/2011 5:58:00 PM PST by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: jazusamo

Defund NPR, taxpayer funded abortions, foreign aid, reduce congressional pensions, farm subsidies and all special tax loopholes for ethanol, wwindmills, electric cars, etc.


10 posted on 02/11/2011 5:58:03 PM PST by mohresearcher
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To: luv2ndamend

No, they are cutting from the December budget. 100 billion is peanuts.


11 posted on 02/11/2011 5:58:54 PM PST by BenKenobi (Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong. - Silent Cal)
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To: luv2ndamend

You’re right and the Rats are apoplectic with this, shows just how far from sanity they are.


12 posted on 02/11/2011 5:59:11 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: TribalPrincess2U

Thank god for the TEA PARTY keeping their feet to the fire.


13 posted on 02/11/2011 6:00:26 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (Who needs Al Queda to worry about when we have Obama?)
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To: TribalPrincess2U

OH, HOw I wish they would defund the UN and kick it out of the U.S.....if the Congress did that THIS year...they’d be done for now!


14 posted on 02/11/2011 6:00:54 PM PST by goodnesswins (I'm not a great man....I just believe in great ideas! Ronald Reagan)
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To: mohresearcher

and ACORN! ACLU, NAACP, NPR. Whoever’s doling off us.


15 posted on 02/11/2011 6:00:54 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS= Obama's Mosque, taxes, painful death. Is this what you want?)
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To: TribalPrincess2U

WOW! They fell a tad short, didn’t they.


16 posted on 02/11/2011 6:02:56 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: TribalPrincess2U
"Federal Workforce Reforms: Eliminate automatic pay increases for civilian federal workers for five years. Additionally, cut the civilian workforce by a total of 15 percent through attrition. Allow the hiring of only one new worker for every two workers who leave federal employment until the reduction target has been met. (Savings included in above discretionary savings figure). "

An item right out of Sarkozy's budget. He had problems with his legislature, also. But he won.

yitbos

17 posted on 02/11/2011 6:16:17 PM PST by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds." -- Ayn Rand)
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To: bruinbirdman

Good idea !


18 posted on 02/11/2011 6:25:51 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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To: jazusamo
On the one hand, I'm somewhat impressed that the TEA Party wing has won a minor skirmish here.

However, this 112th Congress (and Speaker Boehner and his committee chairs) are wasting time on Fiscal Year 2011. Fiscal Year 2011 was the responsibility of the 111th Congress (and Speaker Pelosi and here committee chairs).

What this Congress should have done first was pass a single page continuing resolution for Marh 2011 through September 2011. That one page Continuing Resolution should have made approprations at 7/12ths (proportional) or 2/3rds (a generous increase) of Fiscal Year 2008 levels. That could have been passed the first day and sent to the Senate.

What the 112th Congress should be concentrating on is Fiscal Year 2012. They must pass all of the required appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2012 in a timely fashion. Have the debate about spending in Fiscal Year 2012 without the pressure of an impending government shutdown (which will be blamed on the house Republicans, and Boehner will cry like a baby when that happens).

Right now, the establishment leaders in the House are playing into the Democrat's plans and traps. The media will blame them for any shutdown or loss of services if things aren't funded after March 4, 2011.

19 posted on 02/11/2011 6:40:56 PM PST by cc2k ( If having an "R" makes you conservative, does walking into a barn make you a horse's (_*_)?)
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To: BenKenobi

You’re right. this iclassic bait and switch. The original promise from the pledge is below:

“With common-sense exceptions for seniors, veterans, and our troops, we will roll back government spending to
pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels, saving us at least $100 billion in the first year alone and putting us on a path to
balance the budget and pay down the debt. We will also establish strict budget caps to limit federal spending
from this point forward. “

$100 million is the minimum, not the goal. We must hold their fight to the fire and ensure that the DoJ, EPE, DoEd, etc etc do not receive one penny more than they did in 2008.

Then, having re-established a baseline for this year, we can get to work on Operation Rollback for FY 2012’s budget.

Paul Ryan better man up on the top line, and would someone please primary Hal Rogers!


20 posted on 02/11/2011 6:41:54 PM PST by redlegplanner ( No Representation without Taxation)
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To: GlockThe Vote
The real public gut check will come on the vote to increase the debt ceiling. Bush Senior folded his hand too soon. If the increase does not pass, the world will not end. Several mechanisms will allow the US to keep its credit rating, crappy as it is, and just run on less money. If the Dems would accept major reforms to create real jobs and improve health care and attack the roots of crime and security, then maybe the Repubs might kick up the ceiling. If not, read the Tea Partys lips, no increase in the debt ceiling.
The screaming and moaning will be deafening.
TWB
21 posted on 02/11/2011 6:47:28 PM PST by TWhiteBear (Jobs, Peace, Food, Security .... Down with Obama(Peacefully))
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To: jazusamo
It should be law that the government cannot spend one more dime than they receive.

$100B is a good start, but only a start. The government is too FAT and should be put on a radical diet. The Dems will scream and we will hear stories in the MSM on how the cruel the Conservatives are but our children and their children will thank us. If we do not get our house in order there will be no future for our children. If we cannot stop the Dems, Progressives and Liberals they will effectively ensure our children will have a lower standard of living and condemn them to perpetual debt and hyper inflation.

22 posted on 02/11/2011 6:51:46 PM PST by reader25
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To: jazusamo

Hope they pulled the plugs on obozocare, NPR and the NEA for starters.

Pray for Egypt


23 posted on 02/11/2011 7:07:10 PM PST by bray (Vote Palin to make heads explode on both sides of the aisle.)
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To: cc2k

Why the leadership plans on caving, just like you it is all for show. Next time vote third party.


24 posted on 02/11/2011 7:07:58 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: jazusamo

Face it YOU PEOPLE - you all thought that the Tea Party would cave in, once they made it to DC. Well they didn’t!!!

$100B is still a small number, but the starting point is also very small. If you rule out defense, border patrol, Social Security, Medicare, Interest on the Debt, and several other Constitutional items (like courts), there is not a whole heck of a lot left to cut from.

...and what is left to cut from will FEEL IT, because their cuts will be BIG, percentage-wise. The TEA PARTY means business - they did not come to Washington for the night life and they ARE showing that.

As to the future - the big ticket items of Social Security and Medicare are where the savings MUST come from, but it will be very tough to tell grandpa that he has to get a 32 foot Winnebego, rather than the 37 foot one that he expects to get, with the government chipping in the difference through Social Security...but that is the ONLY way to make some serious inroads into the deficit.

(p.s., we can do the Ron Paul dance and cut the military...but that just gets us back into wars as our supply lines get threatened...so it costs more in the end)


25 posted on 02/11/2011 7:15:52 PM PST by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: BobL

I hate to throw cold water on you, but $100B is peanuts. It should have been $1T for openers. I’ve said it a million times, and the offer is still open: I could balance the federal budget in one hour without a tax increase-—and I would relish every minute of it. The House Republicans are a bunch of pussies.


26 posted on 02/11/2011 7:22:27 PM PST by huckfillary (qual tyo ta)
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To: BobL

I hate to throw cold water on you, but $100B is peanuts. It should have been $1T for openers. I’ve said it a million times, and the offer is still open: I could balance the federal budget in one hour without a tax increase-—and I would relish every minute of it. The House Republicans are a bunch of pussies.


27 posted on 02/11/2011 7:22:27 PM PST by huckfillary (qual tyo ta)
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To: jazusamo

It’s only a cut if we actually spend $100 billion less this year than we did last year. I’ll believe it when I see it.

The department of agriculture has two buildings in DC. Two! Fully three quarters of that staff could be eliminated. The dept. of Veterans Affairs should be rolled back into Defense. I could go on.


28 posted on 02/11/2011 7:23:02 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: jazusamo

Cut the Whitehouse budget to $1 and see how much waygu beef the fat-butt slob Michelle can buy.


29 posted on 02/11/2011 7:29:42 PM PST by sergeantdave (The democrat party is a seditious organization and must be outlawed)
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To: huckfillary

“I hate to throw cold water on you, but $100B is peanuts. It should have been $1T for openers. I’ve said it a million times, and the offer is still open: I could balance the federal budget in one hour without a tax increase-—and I would relish every minute of it. The House Republicans are a bunch of pussies.”

I heard you the first time. Sure, I could also find $1T, but even on this site, try suggesting that Social Security be treated as a WELFARE PROGRAM, rather than what it is (theft from one generation to another than cannot even vote now...and then another that hasn’t even been born) - and see what happens to you.

So, if you take SS off, I guess take Medicare off for the same reason, take debt interest off, take most of the military spending off, where are you getting the $1T from, and be specific please, since you did make the claim.


30 posted on 02/11/2011 7:34:32 PM PST by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: jazusamo
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) on Friday evening introduced a revised 2011 government spending bill that the GOP said will cut at least $100 billion in spending this fiscal year,

I thought it was supposed to be $100 billion just for January. If we come up with an additional $100 billion in cuts each month every month for the next 12 months, our deficit will still be higher than it was the last year Republicans controlled the House.

31 posted on 02/11/2011 7:39:53 PM PST by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: BobL

As I said, give me the job. I’ll do it. Give me the job of balancing the federal budget, with no strings attached, and I will do it. And I will enjoy it. And nothing is off the table, especially Social Security. Just give me the job, I’m volunteering for it, and I want it more than anything in the world.


32 posted on 02/11/2011 7:53:14 PM PST by huckfillary (qual tyo ta)
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To: huckfillary

I hear you...except that we don’t have a monarchy here. I have no doubt that you could do it, with everything fair game. But the Tea Party guys have to play in the DC world...and it’s tough just to freeze spending, much less cut it.

Also, I was reading elsewhere that the $100B cut is over the 7 months left in the fiscal year - it would be $170B cut if over 12 months, and with their limitations on what they can cut people will SCREAM!!!!!!!.

...and one other thing - $170B comes out to just about $500 dollars for every man, woman, and child. It is real money - it just looks a lot smaller, given the condition that Democrats left us in.


33 posted on 02/11/2011 7:58:59 PM PST by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: jazusamo

They reduced the 2011 projected annual deficit from $1.5 TRILLION to $1.4 TRILLION.

This should give us several additional months before the USA collapses into a Marxist dictatorship. Thanks, Republicans.


34 posted on 02/11/2011 8:08:36 PM PST by UnwashedPeasant (Don't nuke me, bro)
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To: huckfillary
I hate to throw cold water on you, but $100B is peanuts. It should have been $1T for openers...

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I agree with that

Put the federal beast back into its cage.

Epic Fail-3sm

35 posted on 02/11/2011 10:25:58 PM PST by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: jazusamo
a historic effort

Whoo hoo! And what would Dingy Harry know about 'meat axes'?

36 posted on 02/11/2011 11:15:54 PM PST by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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