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. Proud DHS radical

    Cutting out Obama's apology road trip tours ought to do it.

    June 4, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. Jim El Paso Tx.

    Cantor says we can't spend money we don't have....wasn't much of a problem when Bushy was dumping BILLIONS on that hell hole Iraq though was it. Repukes make me do just that...PUKE!

    June 4, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. J.P.

    Vote your party's challenger in the primary.

    Incumbent Dump – 2010

    535 random strangers chosen by cold calling the phone book would do a better job in Congress. They couldn't possibly do any worse.

    Demand constitutional amendments for term limits, balanced budgets, a flat tax and the complete dismantling of the IRS (Income Redistribution System).

    And if you think I'm just a "right wing" nut job, I'd be willing to accept 535 random American citizens elected off the street (who incidentally happen to vote Democrat) rather than the current batch of incumbent politicians. 535 empty chairs would be an improvement.

    June 4, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. J

    Let me guess, they cut anything that will help people. Gotta make sure you keep that money for big companies and defense contractors.

    June 4, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. Craig- Easton, PA

    If indeed the GOP plan is simply for capping domestic spending at current levels plus inflation, they are avoiding the hard work of prioritizing by eliminating things that don't work or are less important so that we have additional funds to support those things that do and are. I'm all about finding more effective and efficient ways of dealing with urgent national issues, but the GOP often doesn't even acknowledge the fact that the issues are urgent or even the business of government to discuss.

    June 4, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. Reality

    Bottom line is that Democrats tend to everspend on "entitlement" programs and Republicans tend to spend on defense. What we need is someone that will "moderate" the two groups. It is time we pull back out of Iraq which should cut down on defense spending. We should also help folks that can't help themselves to a CERTIAN degree. Not to the point where they are dependent on it for a long time, but gets them through the rough times. No more free rides or 900 dollar hammers. My taxes are high enough.

    June 4, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. Reality

    haha overspend not everspend...hmm...maybe everspend is correct. 🙂

    June 4, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. John

    The Republican party has spent decades concentrating defense industries in republican states and now they want to exempt those expenses from potential savings.

    The biggest pork spending going on today is the defense industry with phony research projects, procurement of war material that is not needed by the military and other wasteful spending. Until the republican party admits to the trillions of dollars wasted in their districts, they have no place at the negotiating table.

    June 4, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  9. Luv/Canada

    Can't understand this gross hypocracy,for eight years were you guys all dead?Plz,give me a brake.

    June 4, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  10. Oregonian

    Why don't we start by cutting their big fat pensions and putting them into the same social security system the rest of us are in; where they put in more money in and will get less out in the end like the rest of us; that should help the budget and fix our social security system too.

    Lets be real, this crisis wasn't created recently with President Obama, its this neverending war we're in that until recently had no budget to adhere to and worst of all it is all based on fiction. Granted, I love our troops and pray for their safety, but they're not the ones getting rich, if anything they're getting shafted with their crappy pay and benefits and PTSD they're left with after; they're the losers in the end because noone is watching out for them and their well being.

    June 4, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. Independent

    House Dems should either agree with these cuts or propose different cuts for the same or greater amount. We can't deficit spend ourselves into prosperity without consequences. Why can't we privatize Amtrak as well? And sell advertising space on the postage stamp.

    June 4, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  12. florida indep

    I have a way to at least double the proposed savings of the republicans. STOP spending on all pork, ear-mark projects for 5 years. Cut salaries at all levels of the federal government. Cut perks and rhip bs for 5-10 years. Stop favoritism for companies like Haliburton and other contractors at inflated cost to the US taxpayer. If their are cost overruns both major political parties pick up the tab not us. Get rid of influence peddlers. Cap the number of jobs that can be outsourced, especially manufacturing jobs. Tax all fairly, including businesses and religions, and spend only what you raise from the year before. Blackbox social security and medicare funds. What the republicans propose is just the tip of the iceberg about what needs to be done.

    June 4, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. Candy West Virginia

    Tax cuts, military spending and slashing everything else = republican so called plan, the exact same plan that plunged us into a recession.

    June 4, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  14. Steve (the real one)

    Jim El Paso Tx. June 4th, 2009 12:58 pm ET
    Cantor says we can't spend money we don't have….wasn't much of a problem when Bushy was dumping BILLIONS on that hell hole Iraq though was it. Repukes make me do just that…PUKE!
    Jim, I am guessing you are hating the deficit piling on by this administration as well as how they are keeping the Bush policies in Iraq and elsewhere, right? Puke away, my friend, puke away!

    June 4, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  15. greg

    At least they're trying. They see that any idea can be overturned by the democrats. We would save a lot of money by having TERM LIMITS. 6 years for congress, 8 years for Senate. Special interests wouldn't have as much time to buy the way they want America to be.

    June 4, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. Corbett

    I'm a full time Democrat and I have to say that I am a little annoyed at my fellow "liberals" commenting on this. You realize that according to the story, they are not even proposing real cuts, just capping the growth of Government spending.

    Yes, it is unfortunate that these cuts do not come out of our bloated DOD, but on the other hand, defense cuts usually mean pay decreases for soldiers. The only way to cut defense spending is to end one of our wars and that is another argument all together.

    The truth is, according to this story (which is a light on details), the GOP is doing what the GOP is supposed to do: promoting small government policy solutions.

    June 4, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. Carl from MI

    Hey Henry Miller: What YOU fail to understand is the bigger free give-a-ways were given to the BIG OIL Companies by Dubya and the GOP. These freebies they gave away to buy their votes and campaign donations. Please.... deny it!!!

    Funny... you make a point of 'free health care' when such a deal has NEVER existed... but can't make a point of 'free tax breaks' to BIG OIL when those really did exist.

    So you're right... we need to eliminate the give-a-ways!! Let's cut all the tax breaks for the wealthy... tax breaks for Big Oil and Big Pharm... no-bid contracts to Halleburton and KBR... let's stop payment to companies that don't deliver on military materials... that's how you cut budgets... eliminate the give-a-ways!!! Let's start with the wealthy and Big Business first....

    June 4, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  18. Chris ~ Albany, NY

    I don't get it since 2001 domestic spending on programs have shrunk by about 4% since that time while in the same time period our defense spending has gone up almost 9% to almost 30% of our budget!!! Why are we spending almost 1/3 of our money on defense but only 3/20ths on domestic spending. Someone try to explain it to me! It's obsurd we are the most powerful nation on earth we don;t need to be pulling a china and spend double what we do on defense that we do on out own people!!!

    June 4, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. fed up

    Remember how the government defines a spending cut. If the budget calls for a 5% spending increase for Program X, but it gets reduced to a 3% increase, that is a spending cut according to our so-called "leaders." Only government would call a reduction in increase a cut.

    June 4, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  20. Dan, TX

    I think that's a great start. But I think we need to eliminate some programs altogether rather than just keep bad stuff running. First of all, eliminate all the faith-based efforts, it'll save money and get around the complaint that it is against separation of church and state.

    We need to cut other programs as well. But we do need more money to revamp the health care situation. The carbon cap and trade and energy should be pay as you go. If the republicans don't want to phase it in and want to tax everyone heavily, that's their decision. What tax increases do the republicans propose? Surely, we can cut the deficit by raising taxes on people who are not putting their money to work in the economy.

    June 4, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  21. Pee Wee

    For many posting here, I hope you don't buy things for your kids at Christmas that require assembly. Probably a lot of heart-broken kids out there because the parents can't read or follow instructions!

    They aren't proposing to CUT programs, they propose to CAP spending at the rate of inflation. What that means is if a program costs $100 dollars this year and inflation is 3%, that next year the program gets $103.

    As one commenter already stated, correctly, that the Constitution provides for the common defense. John McCain et. al. are currently looking into reforming defense acquisitions, let his task force complete its job.

    Sorry Dace, the record for deficits held by Bush and crew were short-lived. We've just exceeded them with this years budget, but hey, records were made to be broken, right?

    June 4, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. Kevin in MA

    RE: Ren from Baltimore, you're right it is lazy to say just cut some % out of the budget and let each manager figure it from there. But it is a start, it's much better than '....tax too much spend too much....' nonsense that we've seen thus far.
    It seems to me that we have a starting point to discuss a solution. The Dems made a proposal, the Republicans made a counter offer, now it's time to take the next step. Since cutting "social programs" is on the table, then how about closing the military base in Japan or Germany or both? Let's get a real negotiation going to stop the red ink. WE know that taxes will go up, but what else can we do to reverse the last 30 years of recless spending.

    June 4, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. Ashton, VA

    The specifics are shown on other news outlets that are not biased as much as CNN.

    People always talk about the last eight years this and that; however Congress (the legislative branch that controls the $$) has been in control since 2006. The Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan also are merely a drop in the bucket compared to the trillions Obama is spending (Check the figures). There are valid points on both sides of the isle); however, I encourage the readers of theis site to branch out from ultra-liberal media. Looking at a multitude of sources helps to eliminate bias and come up with educational rather than biased opinions.

    June 4, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. Lisa B

    I hope they have the details in play this time. Last time Boehner look kind of stupid at the podium with no answers to nothing.

    June 4, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  25. Chris - Denver

    Why does it always have to be non-defense budget cuts with these clowns? Where is the proof that the pentagon doesn't waste any money?

    June 4, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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