Skip to comments.In a 235-189 vote, House approves dramatic cuts in federal spending
Posted on 02/19/2011 2:44:40 AM PST by sunmars
In a rare early morning weekend vote, the House approved an aggressive plan Saturday to eliminate dozens of federal programs and offices while slashing agency budgets by as much as 40 percent, drawing out more than $60 billion in deficit savings.
Setting up a showdown early next month with President Obama and Senate Democrats, House Republicans pushed the legislation through after a marathon debate capped off by an all-night session Friday that spilled into Saturday morning. During the bleary-eyed final roll call at 4:35 a.m., 235 Republicans were joined by no Democrats in support of dramatic spending reductions that they said were needed to address a soaring annual deficit of $1.6 trillion; 189 Democrats -- as well as three Republicans -- opposed it, accusing Republicans of writing the bill with a "double meat ax."
For Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), it marked an early political victory as his newly empowered GOP troops lived up to a 2010 campaign pledge to trim spending levels to those before the 2008 financial crisis caused an unprecedented level of government spending and intervention into the private economy.
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and its actually %100 billion according to Cantor not 60 as the WApo puts it.
$60 billion. Call me underwhelmed. At that rate we’ll have a handle on this deficit in about 1000 years.
Time to double up on a quadruple meat ax.
Did the eliminate the Department of Education? NO!
Got to do more to cut the budget.
Or the Departments of Energy and Commerce. How about Homeland Security, are we one bit safer in the country thanks to this behemoth and the tremendous price tag that goes with it?
I’d like to know, too. Might they have voted “no” because these cuts are pathetic in size ?
Homeland Security ought to be under Defense.
Here’s the roll call.
The Republicans who voted nay are:
Agreed eliminate the department of education not only for the sake of our debt but for the sake of our children.
Defund OBAMACARE, the CZARS, the EPA, the DOE, NPR etc etc etc
Flake voting No.....interesting.
If it were up to me, the Department of Energy, the EPA and Homeland Security would also get the axe.
Jones is a RINO squish. Flake presumably wanted more spending cuts (although he is 100% untrustworthy on border issues). Campbell, I’m unsure of his motivations.
I’d also insert a section, no money for date nights or personal parties at the WH or Michelle’s shopping trips abroad.
Still has to pass the Senate, not likely.
But, if they maintain this stance and we take control of the Senate and pick a few seat in the house, we will win no matter if Barry MuBarak is re-elected but, we will most definitely put an end to these ridiculous programs.
For instance, Planned Parenthood.
I have no problem with their programs regarding prevention or family planning.
However, 99% of their funded activities are directly related to abortion.
If Abortion was such a great business idea, it would find funding from the private sector.
However, it wouldn’t survive without direct funding from the taxpayer, ever.
I guess Flake won’t be running for Senate.
I don’t know what the actual number is. $100 billion was the goal but they fell short?
Ace of Spades is saying:
Um: Half of Republican Caucus, Especially Leadership and Old Guard, Votes With Democrats To Block Additional $22 Billion in Cuts
Hmmm. A total guess.
Maybe “meat axe” is the appropriate term for abortions, if they are funded by the taxpayer.
If Planned Parenthood were a real business they would get their funding from the proceeds of their business or from private investors hoping to reap a reward from going public or selling to another business so they could deliver accretive results to the overall business.
Oops. It’s obviously time for me to go to bed.
*The HOUSE, you moron!!*
*Sneaks off to bang head on wall....*
This was a House vote.
Voinovich is gone now anyway, isn’t he? I thought he retired.
LOL good night! :)
Those are Senators.
No Democrats-so much for the ‘blue dogs’!
Cantor is saying its $100 billion.
$60 billion/$100 billion?!?! Not even close...Obama just proposed $53 billion in new spending for “high speed” rail!
Cuts need to be 10x that much just to get to started!
We have 15 departments with Secretaries. I would merge or return 10 of those and create 1 new one, giving us a total of 6. As follows:
4 created at the start:
Dept. of State
Dept. of the Treasury
Dept. of Defense (previously War & Navy)
Dept. of Justice/Attorney-General
Dept. of Commerce
And the “new” and last one (6th):
Department of Domestic Affairs
The remaining 10 to be folded:
Interior (to Domestic Affairs)
Agriculture (to Commerce)
Labor (to Commerce)
Health and Human Services (to D.A.)
Housing & Urban Development (to Commerce)
Transportation (to Commerce)
Energy (to Commerce)
Education (to D.A.)
Veterans Affairs (to Defense)
Homeland Security (to Defense)
Of course, then Domestic Affairs could be merged into Commerce. So many of the 20th century-onwards departments really ought to figure no higher than being sub-cabinet positions, with most under Commerce. After that, perhaps Commerce itself could be folded into Treasury, and then we’d be back to essentially what the Founding Fathers wanted us to have.
$500 billion at minimum.
The headline is a lie. 60 billion out of 3.6 trillion is pocket change.
Nothing “dramatic” about pocket change.
That’s just Mean
Cut about 40 percent of worthless gub mint and then you’ll get my approval.
Collins and Snow apparently have had an epiphany regarding the seriousness of the tea party.
The whining coming from DC from democrats, is sounding a lot like WI. How is it that a moron in the white house can dig up 800 billion dollars on a boondoggle, but the ones responsible for coughing up the dollars in congress, can’t cut less than ten percent from the next years budget, without having to listen to screams of agony, not to mention what the folks who actually provide the money to congress think about both situations.
I think that may be a rhetorical question.
If all we see are their narrow base of unions, enviro nazis, and assorted lunatics protesting in the streets, it will not sit well with normal Americans. Just as a majority do not sympathize with the NEA and assorted union goons in WI, most will not shed a tear for these cuts.
This is a start. The Leviathan state cannot be turned around on a dime. Thank your nearest pubbie Congressman for voting to stop the insanity.
Collins and Snow apparently have had an epiphany regarding the seriousness of the tea party, and we may find out when the vote hits the Senate.
And Jeff Flake (AZ) has announced he’s running for the retiring Kyl’s seat in the Senate. Just what we need in the Senate...another RINO.
The single cut that would do the most good for the most people world-wide would be to defund the UN, and evict them from U.S. soil. It is a criminal cabal that does it’s best to use our $$ to destroy our way of life. And, possibly, even more corrupt than our government.
Don't miss the salient points: It's an actual cut for the first time that I can remember. There has been no budget for this fiscal year - it has been a "do as you have been doing and the money will be there" situation; this set of cuts is between now and the end of September. They have defunded the spending on ObamaCare.
In short, some good things and the first time in my memory when a cut meant a cut vs. a lower rate of increase.
Long road to a reality which even begins to act like they work for us..
Flake probably voted “no” because he thought they weren’t big enough. The other two, I don’t know about.
Amendment 104: Rep. Jordan (R-OH) The amendment would perform a 5.5 percent across-the-board cut of all accounts in eight non-security divisions of the CR; and an 11 percent across-the-board cut of all accounts in the Legislative Branch bill. The amendment would not cut any funding for Israel.
It looks like the Democrats think that another government shutdown will go their way again. By keeping this at minimum cuts we can win the PR battle or if we can’t there is no hope. Start small and see how it goes over.
Annual deficit of $1.6 Trillion (1,600,000,000,000.00).
They saved $60 Billion (60,000,000,000).
Why am I not impressed?
Not to mention the ATF.
I watched some of the earlier votes on cspan. Campbell, from CA (tea-party freshman?) submitted an amendment to cut even more from Defense and Homeland security and strongly rebuffed by both GOP and Dems.
So, he’s a good guy who wanted more cuts.
Im really sorry to say this but both parties are sickening. The political charades abound. Im pretty sick of tax exemptions for breast feeding, Palin continuing the political discourse, and a bunch of impotent legislators talking about how America needs change.
Both parties are completely polarized resulting in an inability to get anything done for America. I know good people who are both Democrats and Republicans. They dont act like these politicians in DC. They just want what is fair just and honorable for our country without all the drama.
I watched some of the earlier votes on cspan. Campbell, from CA (tea-party freshman?) submitted an amendment to cut even more from Defense and Homeland security and was strongly rebuffed by both GOP and Dems.
So, he’s a good guy who wanted more cuts.
I totally agree. This is a pittance.
We don't actually know what the true deficit is, since Obama and his minions continue to pour money out the windows to their beneficiaries.
I have seen estimates that the deficit will top $4 trillion by the end of the year. If so, $60 billion is only 1.5% of the deficit.
This is a milquetoast effort. The House can do better; they're just afraid for their jobs if they cut more. They should fear them for cutting less.