Conservative GOP group wants to cut $2.5 trillion
January 20th, 2011
03:45 PM ET
4 years ago

Conservative GOP group wants to cut $2.5 trillion

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - In the run-up to President Obama's State of the Union address next Tuesday, Republicans are turning up the volume on their pledges to cut spending.

On Thursday, the House Republican Study Committee - which includes some of the party's most conservative members - introduced a bill that the committee said would reduce spending by $2.5 trillion over a decade.

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  1. S. In California

    Another fabricated lie to appeal to their uneducated base. Next story.

    January 20, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. Protect and Defend Freedom of Speech in the USA

    Sounds like a lot but Obama and the Democrats have run up the deficit to over a trillion dollars A YEAR. What about the other $7.5 TRILLION we'll be spending and borrowing? Sharpen the knives and keep cutting. Obama has blown up the federal payrolls beyond belief so there is plenty of union fat to be cut. If you can't agree on specific cuts then cut 5-7% per year and keep cutting until this beast of a government is under control.

    January 20, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    These are exactly the kind of difficult decisions that need to be made to keep America from getting outrun by it's huge debt load. We need to cut government spending and take control of our destiny. This is the discussion we need to have and this is what Americans voted for 2 months ago.

    January 20, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    those in washington spend our money like drunken sailors.... its about time government will have to what the folks have to do.....cut spending ...

    January 20, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. ohhiya

    Put down the knife and grab a hatchet. Jerry Brown in California is weilding Arnold's Conan Battle Axe like a champ in California, 12.5 billion a year just out the gate. Reducing centralized state government for district and county. A de-centralized government, program slashing (still tax raising, but yea, compromise is politics) "liberal", then again, browns from the age back when Cali was the conservative cornernstone of the US.... well.. till Reagan, another story....
    If Brown can do what arnold should of done years ago Washington can follow suit imo.

    January 20, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. rs

    Comedians they are. Sure cut travel. Nothing from Defense? That's where the big pork lies.

    January 20, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  7. MPeters

    @ Protect and Defend: What a bunch of talking points. First: Obama inherited a $1.7T deficit from Bush his first year (January is halfway through the fiscal year). He's actually CUT spending this year by $500B, as FY2011 is slated to be $1.2T deficit. Second: Federal Payrolls, at least in the Executive Branch, have a payroll freeze for 2 years. As someone that WORKS for the government, I can tell you that I could make TRIPLE in the private sector right now what I currently make/what I am worth. Your talking points about "blown up federal payrolls" is talking out of your rear-end. Fact is, government payrolls have been and always WILL BE lower than their private sector counterparts. There is no "Union Fat." It's a talking point. IF, however, you are talking about the $5,000 increase in CONGRESSIONAL Salaries this year, you should call your Congressmen and Senators and tell them to reduce their own pay, as I will tell you, they are the ONLY people in Government this year getting a Pay Raise. Shush your mouth, read some facts and articles other than the weekly "Republican Talking Points" Memo you receive from that Conservative Thinktank in your email, and then respond intellectually. Thanks.

    January 20, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Yeah, about $2.3T from setting the budet at 2006 levels and then ignoring inflation indeterminately. In other words, PUNTING the problem down the road, butgiving themselves a hollographic basis for claiming they cut $2.3T.

    "Community Development Fund ($4.5 billion)"

    Translation: If you live in the inner city, screw you...and you know who "you" are.

    "Intercity and high-speed rail grants ($2.5 billion a year)"

    Translation: Cut the crap and get back in your cars, you buggers...that gas ain't gonna buy itself.

    "Amtrak subsidies ($1.6 billion a year)"

    Translation: We repeat, get back in your cars....

    "U.S. Agency for International Development ($1.4 billion)"

    Translation: If you're third world, we'd rather you stay that way. we may need to invent reasons to bomb you at some piont so we can steal the natural resources you're unable to access because you're sstill just a developing nation.

    "Duplicative education programs ($1.3 billion)"

    Translation: We don't need two schools teaching the same thing...we need half the students and twice as many morons who don't understand history or civics and can therefore be more easily manipulated.

    "Lawyers for Low Income People ($420M)"

    Translation: Low income abused woman or child? Need foreclosure or bankruptcy assistance? Screw you...I've got mine. Besides, I've probably got investments in the banks using consumer debt products to suck you dry and take your home.

    "Applied research at the Department of Energy ($1.27 billion)"

    Gas and coal and nukes are great...stop looking under the hood and questioning what is obviously just dandy....natural resources last forever and god said we're not poisoning ourselves or changing our own environment.

    "National and Community Services Act programs ($1.15 billion)"

    Translation: DUH, come on now people...WE HATE COMUNITY ORGANIZERS....and you know why.

    January 20, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. vic nashville tn

    Almost Same congress was in power 2000 to 2006
    So good luck

    January 20, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. Debbie

    Of course they went to cut funding for PBS..they report the truth..the Republicans dont want anything interfering with their spewing of lies!

    January 20, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  11. Mom concerned for the future

    The GOP won't touch those who pay for their campaigns such as the wealthy (the GOP just ADDED $140 billion in spending for tax cuts for their wealthy supporters), defense contracters, and large corporations (many of whom pay almost no taxes and receive subsidies from the government). The GOP will attempt to hammer the poor and disadvantaged as well as neutral broadcasting (a/k/a public broadcasting with recent polls showing PBS as the most trusted news source) because they don't like the facts (which often look bad for the GOP) getting out. The GOP's "fiscal responsibility" just means more spending on the rich and the rest of us have to pay for it. The ONLY reason they are not going after Social Security and Medicare right now is because they would not get re-elected. They want to go after those programs, too.

    January 20, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  12. Randy

    Sniffit, I want you to look back at your list and tell me which ones are the actually responsibility of the Fed.
    Community Development Fund – NO
    Intercity and high-speed rail grants – NO
    Amtrak subsidies – If AmTrak needs to survive privatize it completely and let the market decide.
    U.S. Agency for International Development – Possibly, but we built ourselves up, why can't they.
    Duplicative education programs – Until the Dept of Edu. was created, it didn't cost a thing.
    Lawyers for Low Income People – NO
    Applied research at the Department of Energy – Privatize it
    National and Community Services Act programs – NO

    January 20, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |