June 4th, 2009
11:54 AM ET
9 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. Retired US ARMY

    Rather a insignificant amount in rather a broad unspecfic grouping. Lets see specifics and see who they have targeted for reductions. While I agree we need and have needed to curb governmental spending, I would like to see who specifically the GOP has determined is insignificant enough to receive reduced moneies.

    June 4, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. Adam

    Yes, let's disband the government completely and just fund the military. That's the kind of country I want to live in.

    June 4, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. Enough

    Anyone ever notice that Obamas is a great delegater? He is always asking them to do the work and present it to him. That we he can always say Not my fault, since the time limit has expired on blaming Bush for all of his mistakes!!

    June 4, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. Dawn in Pa

    The party of no thought of a Budget? Wow is this on the front page of the Washington Post?

    So is this like the Stimulus they said they had back in February and all it was, was tax cuts for the extreme rich and famous and the burden of the higher taxes falls on the shoulders of the middle class and the poor who live from Paycheck to paycheck, who make minimum wages. Protect the greedy CEO's?

    Mmmm, we will see!

    June 4, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. Angie in Pa

    Well Its about time But No changes from them Still the same ole same ole Maybe will get some Bi-Partisanship? lets hope

    June 4, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. FLP

    Come on the Democrats are running the show, they can and will do as they please. Where are the solutions from Nancy Pelosi?? All she can do is spend, spend and spend some more. Gotta go to the Republicans for commons sense, too bad Democrats can't and won't listen, so why waste our time asking?

    June 4, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. Randolph Carter

    Hey give them a chance. There are probably a few good ideas in there (just a few). I give 'em credit for coming up with an actual plan. Let's see what they propose. Seems some republicans are starting to get it. On the surface some have started to act more reasonable this past week. How long this will last remains to be seen. Have a nice day!

    June 4, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. Carl from MI

    Funny... not a single one of these *supposedly* fiscally responsible Republicans could find their voice when Dubya was spending money our government didn't have. Not a single one of them could be bothered to speak up then... Where were their budget reductions and common-sense taxpayer savings then? Right... the only tax-savings were given to the most wealthy!!

    These same GOP Congressmen voted lock, stock and barrel with Dubya's wishes and gave him everything he wanted while he blew the budget surplus and started borrowing billions and billions from China.

    But that was OK... because Dubya was a Republican and that made it OK!!!!! What a bunch of moronic hypocrites... is it any wonder why these people got voted out of office the last two elections?

    I can't wait to see how many more will get voted out next election!!

    June 4, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. Ren from Baltimore

    After years of working at the corporate level, sending down "budget adjustment" challenges, let me make this observation: The laziest, most blow-hard of the team members were those who sent back "salami-slicing" recommendations. They said, "cut the bottom 10 percent" of programs, "cut each department by 5 percent," or some such nonsense. They did not want to undertake the real work it took to examine what was cost-effective, what was needed to thrive versus what was nice-to-have or "special purpose."

    This laziness, or lack of ideas, is certainly the order of the day from the Republican Party. I'd hoped for better from Kantor, but it turns out he just looks the part of a good politician-he certainly hasn't done anyone in this country one iota of good.

    Should they just openly admit they're out of ideas as to how to repair the broad damage their party has committed against the nation? Or is this kind of fiscal response just such an admission? Maybe so.

    June 4, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. ron

    While I find it refreshing that they may actually have some sort of proposal or maybe even an idea, they still have the same line for the military budget. The only way this country will ever get back on track is to let go a bit of our pride and stop looking at ourselves as the "world's only superpower" or the "policemen of the world". Look to the USSR as an example of where too much military spending can lead.

    We need to seriously debate where our priorities lie and how we can realistically and drastically cut our defense budget.

    I think that Christian thing to do would be to help those that are less fortunate and provide health care for ALL our people instead of more "death from above".

    Don't get me wrong, I think that F22 Raptor is a bad ass fighter and would love to take a ride, but we need to let the rest of the world start to take an equall responsibility in protecting our common interests.

    June 4, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. Candy West Virginia

    Figures they of course want more military spending and cut EVERYTHING else. Where are their tax cuts? They've got to be in there somewhere. Where was their so called fiscal conservatism when bush was spending like a drunken sailor?

    June 4, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. DaBird

    Bernanke said that we have to quit spending. When will the liberal NUTS in Congress understand this? Would ONE Obama voter please tell me how we are going to repay the deficit? Obama has lied to us since everyone's taxes are going up dramatically.

    June 4, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. Steve (the real one)

    @Dace Tucson June 4th, 2009 12:18 pm ET
    The same can be said for President Obama, who said the deficit is not sustainable yet the debt load is being piled upon! Easy is rant and rave about the Republicans when you good and well know the Dems are no better!

    @AJ June 4th, 2009 12:00 pm ET
    Republican spending is used to further enrich Republicans and their fat cat friends? You mean like George Soros, the Rockefellers and ACORN?
    I love how you point fingers at the republicans (some of it justified) when the dems have the same skeletons. Help clean up your OWN party! I guarantee you will not have the energy to accuse the reps of anything once you see the mess in your party!

    June 4, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. RJ

    If Congress is serious about the Budget, how about having the Oil companies pay on the oil leases on Government land ! What about discontinuing tax credits to a group of companies, who have over the last 8 years generated highest profits in the history of their companies. Why not scrub our revenue stream, first and then have budget reductions. Why can't we have a ban on all outside aid, until we balance our budget !

    June 4, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. Brandon

    They are saying that they want to stop spending money they don't have. This will be a nice change of pace from previous years when they were more than happy to spend money the government didn't have.

    June 4, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. frank, NC

    Kudos to the Republican leadership.

    There is also huge amount of wastage in military spending that needs to be address. Republicans need to address that too.

    June 4, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  17. Pragmatic

    "non-defense discretionary spending at the level of inflation...."

    More details please ... betting the cuts will come in health care, school lunch programs, Pell grants for education, everything to do with science and the environment .... things most people care about.

    As for "delegating?" – that's what intelligent people do – rather than being the only "decider". TEAM – Together Each Accomplishes More.

    June 4, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  18. Henry Miller


    The total cost of all the pork is a small fraction of a one percent of the budget. The real expense is the vast collection of "entitlement" programs–all those subsidies for people too lazy to work or too dumb to take care of themselves that entitle them to raid your wallet.

    June 4, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. Had It

    I think our Government officials should take a 10% decrease in pay. AND, some of their "expenses" are nothing more that "I want".

    We need to take our country back from the thieves - on both sides of the aisle.

    Vote the rascals out until we get a batch that works FOR US.

    (Bet they take their one month paid vacation and let everything else go). How many of us get one month paid vacation? plus all the other "breaks"?

    June 4, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. Steve (the real one)

    @Brandon June 4th, 2009 12:37 pm ET

    Previous years AND CURRENT YEAR. I love how liberals reach over the disaster in their own party to point at someone else!

    June 4, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. gl, Pittsburgh

    They'd rather not keep American money in their own country, spent on their own people, and want to spend it on foreign wars.

    NO. Do you Republicans not get it? The answer is NO. We the people are your boss and you WILL listen to us. Cut the military spending, bring the soldiers home, and spend the money on things like education, health care, and other things that will actually help your people.

    Enough is enough.

    June 4, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. Henry Miller

    @Donna from Colorado Springs

    What you fail to understand, or choose to ignore, is that cutting budgets isn't about cutting essential services like keeping streets passable. It's about eliminating all the freebies politicians like to give people to buy votes.

    I suspect you never heard a politician promise, "Vote for me and I'll make sure your street get plowed when it snows!" No, they say things like, "Vote for me and I'll make sure you get free health care."–ignoring the minor detail that health care is never free. The only thing a government can do is try to make someone else pay your medical bills. The same is true of all those other give-aways–every single give-away is a take-away from someone else.

    That's how you cut budgets–eliminate the give-aways.

    June 4, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  23. Fair is Fair

    @ Henry Miller:

    Absolutely correct.

    As far as defense spending – the common defense is one of the few powers originally given to the federal govenrment by the constitution.

    When entitlement programs and interest to service the loans to support them become the lion's share of the budget, you know we're in deep deep guano.

    June 4, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  24. Reality

    Wow, you people don't care what the headline is as long as it involves Republicans, you just jump on the hate wagon. Maybe you should inform yourselves by reading what they are proposing instead of spewing your hatred.

    June 4, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  25. Pragmatic

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

    I'd like to see the details ... cutting school lunch programs, Pell grants for education, funding for science? More money for the military and little for the average American who is paying the bill. They're back!

    June 4, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
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