June 4th, 2009
11:54 AM ET
6 years ago

House GOP proposes $375 billion in budget reductions

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The House Republican leadership upped the ante Thursday in the ongoing debate over the size and scope of the federal budget, unveiling a proposal to cut spending by $375 billion over the next five years.

The bulk of the GOP's proposed savings would come from capping non-defense discretionary spending at the level of inflation.

President Barack Obama "challenged us to come up with budget savings, and today House Republicans encourage him to not only look over our proposed ... common-sense taxpayer savings, but to join our effort," House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, said in a statement.

"For the sake of our young people and America's long-term fiscal viability, Congress simply cannot keep spending money that the president
himself admits we don't have."

Obama asked congressional Republicans to propose new budget reductions
during an April 24 meeting at the White House.

soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. Dawn in Pa

    another thing about their budget, are they going to put the two wars into the Budget or not? Bush did not do that... We need to see this and if they did not, welcome back BUSHISM

    June 4, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. John Janski

    Just watch how fast the Dems reject this GOP proposal. Dems just can't help themselves when it comes to spending taxpayer's money. Those who vote Democrat, and especially those who voted for the Fraud in the White House will regret what they have done to our nation.

    BTW, AJ, stop relying on the Daily Kos for all you info.

    June 4, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. Bob in Pa

    How about we get rid of all but 2 essential staff members for all House and Senate members while we're at it.

    June 4, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  4. Jeff

    Wasn't it Republican president George W. Bush that started the spending spree? Did he not inherit a budget surplus from the previous Democratic president? Isn't the gross amount of spending a primary reason why the Republicans lost control of Congress in the first place?

    Maybe some congressmen need to review more history than just the past 8 months.

    June 4, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. Sick -n- Tired

    It's time for the Military Industrial Complex to take a back seat for a while since Bush did nothing except give them a blank check for all these years just like daddy did before him!

    June 4, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. Sharon Kitchen

    so...the leading GOP will go on record with "their" cut backs to "their states? Right? Great.

    Why didn't bush and group feel the need to cut back all they spent......?
    You know the Iraq war,etc?

    Maybe since cheney feels like talking so much.....and changeing history(on tape), he could spend a few to let us know why, HE "felt" the need for allllllllllllllllllllllllll they spent in the last 8 years..............................................that lead to this mess.

    I didn't hear him...........did he say something?

    June 4, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  7. tee

    Details Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 4, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  8. phoenix86

    Jim in El Paso,

    You are an idiot.

    June 4, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  9. Ken

    This is terrible. Republicans will spend trillions of dollars tearing apart, then rebuilding countries halfway around the name of world... nothing in this bill limits this, because we do it in the name of "defense." But god forbid you should actually move to overhaul or fix any of the problems in *this* country. Charity begins at home, "conservatives" used to know that.

    June 4, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  10. Vin

    Capping spending on "non-defense discretionary spending" means advancements in science, technology, education, health care, etc. go down the tubes. That's progress? I guess to a Republican, it is. As long as we still have the ability to kick every other nation's ass, it's all good.

    June 4, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  11. TCM

    Cut the Obama campaigning tours, and paybacks to ACORN and all the other corrupt organizations that funded the campaign.

    The party of D'oh will not be able to make cuts, because they'll want to supply something for free to someone that could possibly supply a vote....

    @ DUTCH – maybe the reason it took them this long is they actually read it; unlike pelosi and crew....who pencil whip every bill...

    June 4, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. Jeff

    Admittedly I haven't read it, however, based on this article my preliminary guess is that it translates as...1. Maintain and/ or increase military spending. Why? Because this is the power we have left in the world and so many do despise us. 2. Make the rich richer. We do not care about everyone else. 3. Protect the rich. We know a lot of people are upset about us making more money while producing nothing and depleting the worlds resources. GOP, your dream world is just about to end.

    June 4, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. marlene

    In a recent poll, DEFENSE, was one area that garnered a lot of support, as an area Americans were willing to cut. I support cutting the defense budget thereby, lowering the deficit. Another area to cut, would be congressional, discretionary, spending allowances, along with their wages and eliminate legislative"fact finding" trips. Everyone can think is areas that the government can reduce spending, and the GOP should point the finger at themselves, FIRST.

    June 4, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. Jimmy the Greek

    @ Melissa says,

    "So the Republicans solution is "lets cut back on everything that might help anyone in any way while keeping our military spending exactly the same no matter what happens".

    Does anyone else see the idiocy in this idea?"


    Melissa – have you finished High School? Really I'm not being sarcastic.

    I'm asking because I'm just curious if you have EVER had to provide for a roof over your head, pay your own bills, etc?

    In WHICH economics course did you learn that when you get into financial struggles... you should run up your credit cards maxing them out and while simultaneously handing out gifts to foreigners??

    Does THAT not sound insane to you???

    June 4, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  15. Erick inAL

    I agree we should not spedn so much, yet we can't not spend. There are programs that MUST be funded, like healthcare for children and elders and education. The GOP said already they want to eliminate social security and reduce education and pell grants, while Obama wants to increase Pell grants to send more folks to college.I'd like to see more details from the GOP too. Fact is, Obama promised these things in his campaign and now he's trying to deliver.So why does it come as a surprise??? I agree Congress are paid too much, so cut that. As for the earmarks, well they can create jobs. For example, in Rep. Bobby Bright of Alabama asks for say $1 million for a new exit from the interstate in Montgomery, AL, its not bad. The exit can make way for a new company that will create 1000 jobs. Its happening where I am down in Alabama/Georgia.IN fact the local city govt used stimulkus funds to buy a building to lease to a comapny thats bringing 900 jobs to our city.

    June 4, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. floridian

    "The bulk of the GOP's proposed savings would come from capping non-defense discretionary spending at the level of inflation."

    Don't you dummies read? He offered CAPPING not CUTTING, that means limiting the growth of that spending to match inflation.

    June 4, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  17. Jeff

    @Henry Miller

    You are an idiot. The majority of people who utilize entitlement programs want to work, but can not find it. Or if they do they do not earn a "living wage" – meaning earning enough for the basic necessities...food, clothing, shelter. And if you think they are too dumb, might that be because the "educational system" they had was woefully inadequate to prepare them. The budget should be balanced, but equally the correct appropriation of available funds should be used to build a better U.S. infrastructure, intelligence and competitiveness, and not "spread democracy" (which translates as capitalism) with our military might – to make the rich richer. Yes, there are lazy bad apples who abuse our system, but that just means we need to improve the systems to prevent fraud/ abuses. And indeed there are lazy rich people who abuse the system – tax shields, produce nothing, et al yet reap the rewards in excess. So, they are NO BETTER.

    June 4, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. Rush Rove Cheney

    Now the GOP pretends to get religion on money.....just when a DEmocrat is in office. How convenient

    June 4, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  19. Peter E

    Well, that's a step forward from their pathetic budget proposal of two-dozen pages without any numbers from March. Republicans need to start making it a habit to actually come up with alternate plans before they open their mouth for criticism. Criticism without alternate plans would just lead them to the same wasteland democrats were in during 2002 and 2004 when they were kicked out in elections.

    June 4, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  20. anthony

    There may be good idea in it, so i wont be so fast to say to hell with them. But i dont want to see cuts in the baisc things we everyday people use and need for the future. Education, healthcare, and revbuilting the condition of travel and actural project that can help prove the countries inferstructer.

    2-we spend more oney than the next 50 countries combined in defence and military spending. I think we can cut that alittle bit.

    No more tax cut for the corporation and wealthly, i dont mind paying higer taxes if i get better healthcare, education for myself and future kids.

    Did republican acturally believe anyone could tackle healthcare problem without spend billions of dollar to change it. com on and think the health care corporation would do it with a fight. This is so essiential to us to fix this. you cant fix your house without spending the money to do it.

    did republicans think you can tackle healthcare, ready to work projects now on 5cent to the dollar.

    June 4, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. Alex In Wisconsin

    Rejoice, It seems like a plan from the Republicans at last. I hope these are good ideas because Bad ideas will not help the country or the party. As long as the cuts don't effect improving education, fixing health care, and encouraging innovation in the field of energy, I think the plan is worth looking at. I also don't want anymore cuts from military budget but i don't think the Republicans would do that....

    June 4, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. Jeff

    @ Henry Miller

    Oh yeah Henry, if you think "entitlement" programs are a waste (and I agree there is some), then I have a $1,000 toilets and $500 hammers for you that came from the defense budget. Inflation is a bugger ain't it? Have a nice day.

    June 4, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  23. Moderate Democrat

    I actually applaud the republicans for coming up with something for the first time since, well, uhh...since forever. Now, if they can balance it by cutting some more defense to replace some of the underfunding on projects they trashed at the detriment of LIVES here in AMERICA..then we should be able to compromise.

    By all means, let's compromise. Get some of that defense spending to compensate for it as well. Make it 50/50 to include defense spending as well.

    We're all ears, as long as you are sincere in 'compromising' rather then being closed minded and unable to do what's BEST for the country rather then whats best for YOURSELVES.

    June 4, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  24. Frustrated

    I agree with some of the previous posters. Eliminate the perks given to politicians and that will save quite a bit of money. Why not let them live the same lives as their constituents? It will give them a greater understanding of our concerns.

    Also, if you're going to cap spending to inflation levels, cap ALL of it. Not just non-defense spending; cap everything except emergency spending, and to get that, the President should have to justify it to Congress AND the American people. It's OUR money they're spending.

    Quite frankly, I'm tired of having to fork up taxpayer money to companies that will not be required to give it back 100%. In fact, we as taxpayers have forfeited billions to the automakers that will never be repaid. I'm not getting value for my money, and isn't that the idea of capitalism? Satisfying demand? I'm not satisfied.

    June 4, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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