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House GOP Chairman outlines sweeping spending cuts

Posted by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 11:56 AM
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House GOP Chairman outlines sweeping spending cuts

AP
By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press Andrew Taylor, Associated Press - 28 mins ago

WASHINGTON - House Republicans proposed ending more than 60 government programs and cutting hundreds of others Wednesday in a $35 billion downpayment on their promise to rein in federal deficits.

Funding for AmeriCorps, family planning funding and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be wiped out under the proposal, presented to the GOP rank-and-file at a closed door meeting.

As outlined by Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, cuts would range widely across the face of government, including aid to education, food safety and inspection services and high-speed rail, which President Barack Obama wants to increase.

The legislation is expected to reach the House floor next week. While the political focus is on the cuts demanded by Republicans, the bill is also needed to allow the government to continue normal operations when its funding authority expires on March 4.

Rogers told fellow Republicans his proposal amounted to a 10 percent cut to a food program for pregnant women and their children.

He also called for deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency as well as elimination of a program that helps local police departments hire new officers.

Rogers outlined the cuts in a closed-door meeting with his Republicans colleagues, many of whom were elected with tea party support and are itching to cut even deeper.

The package of cuts totals $43 billion taken from domestic agency and foreign aid budgets when compared with levels enacted for 2010. Once increases for the Pentagon are accounted for, those savings are $35 billion. They are smaller than the $100 billion promised in last year's campaign since the budget year is already almost five months under way.

Rogers warns that further cuts sought by conservatives could lead to furloughs of federal workers at the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Agency, or politically wrenching cuts to health research, special education grants to local school districts, or Pell Grants to disadvantaged college students.

As it stands, the proposed cuts are deep indeed. The Women, Infants and Children program, which provides food for low-income pregnant women, mothers and young children, would receive a $758 million cut, about 10 percent. It was unclear whether the reductions would force people off of the program.

The federal subsidy for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be eliminated. The corporation funds a small portion of the budget for National Public Radio, which is deeply unpopular with conservatives.

"We have taken a wire brush to the . budget and scoured every program to find real savings that are responsible and justifiable to the American people," Rogers said in a statement. "Make no mistake, these cuts are not low-hanging fruit."

Republicans account for their larger reduction amounts by pegging their recommended cuts to Obama's requests. They claim $58 billion in savings through the end of the year, compared with Obama's proposals for domestic agencies. That amount increases to $74 billion after defense cuts are folded in.

The list of cuts contains numerous winners and losers - and seeks to steer clear of political land mines. The FBI is essentially untouched. NASA would absorb just a 2 percent cut from current levels. And the National Park Service would be barely cut at all.

 

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kara_thrace
by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 12:02 PM

So, I know that Dems say Repubs target the poorest people.  But Im not sure what they would cut?  And whenever someone yells cut the defense spending bill, it still winds back up with cutting the poorest people out of work.  Such as a hiring freeze for soliders or getting rid of MOS's and kicking soldiers out.  Why can't they target missle programs.

Why wont they propose cutting aid to our allies?  How does it make sense to give money we borrowed from China, to Israel, Egypt, Afghanistian.. and so forth.

 

(Oh and hi! Havent spoken to you in awhile)

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Feb. 9, 2011 at 12:18 PM


Quoting kara_thrace:

So, I know that Dems say Repubs target the poorest people.  But Im not sure what they would cut?  And whenever someone yells cut the defense spending bill, it still winds back up with cutting the poorest people out of work.  Such as a hiring freeze for soliders or getting rid of MOS's and kicking soldiers out.  Why can't they target missle programs.

Why wont they propose cutting aid to our allies?  How does it make sense to give money we borrowed from China, to Israel, Egypt, Afghanistian.. and so forth.

 

(Oh and hi! Havent spoken to you in awhile)

I agree with cutting aid to our allies

 

 Obama did cut BILLIONS from the missle defense program....still MORE could probably be saved.

Our military cuts need to come form getting rid of no bid contracts , cutting our reliance on outside military forces in ME

Bringing our troops HOME

Stop buying vehicles and planes that are outdated and focus on what the troops ACTUALLY need...

cut out CORPORATE WELFARE 100%

Stop paying for Congress FREE LUNCH PROGRAM and Health care!

 

and Hey girl whats up?


Thomigirl
by Platinum Member on Feb. 9, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Ding, Ding, Ding!

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 cut out CORPORATE WELFARE 100%

Stop paying for Congress FREE LUNCH PROGRAM and Health care!

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Feb. 9, 2011 at 12:34 PM

GOP hates unions so much...

and yet they OPERATE like a UNION

FAT PENSIONS....

Quoting Thomigirl:

Ding, Ding, Ding!

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 cut out CORPORATE WELFARE 100%

Stop paying for Congress FREE LUNCH PROGRAM and Health care!


candlegal
by Judy on Feb. 9, 2011 at 1:50 PM

Conservatives dislike unions, not sure the GOP does

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

GOP hates unions so much...

and yet they OPERATE like a UNION

FAT PENSIONS....

Quoting Thomigirl:

Ding, Ding, Ding!

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 cut out CORPORATE WELFARE 100%

Stop paying for Congress FREE LUNCH PROGRAM and Health care!



sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Feb. 9, 2011 at 1:54 PM

GOP plays like they do...then VOTE on their own raises, receive free health care, get unsustainable pensions.....FORCE WORK STOPAGES...

Quoting candlegal:

Conservatives dislike unions, not sure the GOP does

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

GOP hates unions so much...

and yet they OPERATE like a UNION

FAT PENSIONS....

Quoting Thomigirl:

Ding, Ding, Ding!

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 cut out CORPORATE WELFARE 100%

Stop paying for Congress FREE LUNCH PROGRAM and Health care!

 



daisysrdeadly
by Bronze Member on Feb. 9, 2011 at 1:56 PM

I am so happy to see they have found a way to pay for the riches tax cuts but taking money away from the truly needy in our country. America is becoming such a joke Democracy hiding the Oligarchy.

candlegal
by Judy on Feb. 9, 2011 at 1:59 PM

yes but most of them vote for all of that, Dems and Gop alike.  They don't need unions, they just vote in all the benefits for themselves.  Both parties are guilty of that.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

GOP plays like they do...then VOTE on their own raises, receive free health care, get unsustainable pensions.....FORCE WORK STOPAGES...

Quoting candlegal:

Conservatives dislike unions, not sure the GOP does

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

GOP hates unions so much...

and yet they OPERATE like a UNION

FAT PENSIONS....

Quoting Thomigirl:

Ding, Ding, Ding!

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 cut out CORPORATE WELFARE 100%

Stop paying for Congress FREE LUNCH PROGRAM and Health care!





daisysrdeadly
by Bronze Member on Feb. 9, 2011 at 1:59 PM

They could have ended the Bush Tax cuts to the top 5% and saved 830 billion over the next 10 years.


Quoting sweet-a-kins:


Quoting kara_thrace:

So, I know that Dems say Repubs target the poorest people.  But Im not sure what they would cut?  And whenever someone yells cut the defense spending bill, it still winds back up with cutting the poorest people out of work.  Such as a hiring freeze for soliders or getting rid of MOS's and kicking soldiers out.  Why can't they target missle programs.

Why wont they propose cutting aid to our allies?  How does it make sense to give money we borrowed from China, to Israel, Egypt, Afghanistian.. and so forth.


(Oh and hi! Havent spoken to you in awhile)

I agree with cutting aid to our allies

 

 Obama did cut BILLIONS from the missle defense program....still MORE could probably be saved.

Our military cuts need to come form getting rid of no bid contracts , cutting our reliance on outside military forces in ME

Bringing our troops HOME

Stop buying vehicles and planes that are outdated and focus on what the troops ACTUALLY need...

cut out CORPORATE WELFARE 100%

Stop paying for Congress FREE LUNCH PROGRAM and Health care!

 

and Hey girl whats up?



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