GOP's first spending targets: Bottled water on the line
January 5th, 2011
08:09 AM ET
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GOP's first spending targets: Bottled water on the line

New York (CNNMoney) - The Republicans about to take over the House have big plans to try to cut federal spending. First on the chopping block: Congressional travel, postage, staff salaries and other office expenses.

The new House Speaker, John Boehner, says he will move on Thursday to cut lawmakers' office budgets by 5%.

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. What happened?

    Which means more opportunities for corruption, bribes, lobbyists and pork spending...

    January 5, 2011 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  2. mcoville

    It's good see any cost of government being cut. Next should be cutting congressional salaries, every dollar counts.

    January 5, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  3. MPeters

    There you go, John. Go for the big bucks. Reign in that spending. Woo-hoo! *sarcasm*

    You can't tax-cut your way out of this. You just agreed to decrease revenue for the next 2 years to the tune of $700B, and you want to cut 5% of Office Budgets (amounting to <1%) of that amount. I'm glad we have great leaders in this country. Can we please have basic math taught to Congress instead of the Constitution being read for 2 days?

    January 5, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA/The Fascists 112th Congress

    Congressional travel, postage, staff salaries and other office expenses.

    We are trillions of dollars in debt. Cutting spending on these items is nothing but politics. If you want to significantly cut our deficit, cut the Defense budget.

    January 5, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  5. Ancient Texan

    Any start is a good start. Then if they would would cut their salary by 25%, we'd know everyone is serious.

    January 5, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  6. PAUL W!

    Wow, 5 whole percent. Symbolic gestures won't cover up the fact that you got us into this mess, and you have no real answers for getting us out of it Boehner. Just a continuation of the politics of destruction that you play so well.

    January 5, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    That's all well and good, but I doubt that will be even noticeable, with a 14 trillion deficit.

    January 5, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  8. Bill from GA

    First should be to reduce Congressional salaries to 2008 levels. And reduce taxpayer contribution to Congressional health care costs to 2008 levels

    January 5, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  9. Peter E

    So... The so-called fiscal conservatives want to spend a day/days debating cutting a miniscule part of federal spending that is less than 0.05% of the total budget... by a mere 5%... And CNN calls this 'big plans?'
    Over three-quarters of federal spending is tied up in Social Security and Medicare (neither of which republicans will touch for fear of seniors' anger) defense (they won't touch that either because that would make them look weak) and mandatory interest on the national debt. (which they are unable to touch) A lot of the rest of the budget is tax cuts, farm subsidies, veterans benefits, etc. All items they never mention at all!
    If they spent the same days in Congress debating cutting a LARGE item by 5%, then it will qualify as 'big plans' but until then it is 'political show' only. They are just wasting time trying to distract us while having zero clue or any actual plans!

    January 5, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |