House GOP slashes billions, falls short of pledge
February 3rd, 2011
01:33 PM ET
3 years ago

House GOP slashes billions, falls short of pledge

Washington (CNN) - GOP Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's committee released its official spending targets for the rest of the 2011 fiscal year, indicating Republicans plan to cut $58 billion in non-security funding, but when their overall spending target is compared to current spending levels for that same time frame, the cuts amount to $32 billion.

Either way, the proposed House Republicans' cuts fall short of the House GOP's campaign pledge to cut at least $100 billion in non-security federal spending "in the first year alone."

House Republican staffers briefed reporters Wednesday and argued that their $58 billion figure does in fact meet their $100 billion target because it represents the pro-rated amount for scaling back spending rates to 2008 pre-stimulus levels for the remaining seven months of this fiscal year. They maintain that because the Democrats did not enact a budget when they controlled the chamber last year Republicans are left to working off levels set by Democrats for the remainder of the year.

In addition to the non-security cuts, GOP aides say they anticipate cutting another $16 billion from security related spending at the Defense Department, Veterans Administration and the Department of Homeland Security, for a total of $74 billion in cuts. Chairman Paul Ryan will submit the 2011 total allocation next week at $1.055 trillion when the House returns from recess, which represents a cut of $32 billion from the $1.087 trillion full year cost of funding the government at current levels. The various appropriations committees will then divvy up how the overall cut will be felt across federal agencies.

GOP aides declined to specify where the specific cuts to meet this overall target would come from, saying that those decisions will be made by the various appropriations committees-which will begin drafting a bill to lay out which agencies will feel the budget pain the most next week.

A group of conservative House Republicans pressed Speaker Boehner last week to meet the $100 billion goal, and has pressed for even deeper cuts, pushing GOP leaders to roll back spending to 2006 levels, which they project would cut spending by $2.5 trillion over the next decade.

Congressional Democrats pounced on the release of the official numbers, highlighting that the GOP was not meeting its own targets.

"As Republicans conclude their first month in charge of Congress, they have not only failed to create jobs and strengthen the middle class, now they're breaking the very promises they made to get elected," said Jesse Ferguson of the House Democrats' campaign arm.


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  1. GOP = Greed Over People

    "Either way, the proposed House Republicans' cuts fall short of the House GOP's campaign pledge to cut at least $100 billion in non-security federal spending "in the first year alone."

    That is just one of the cons you tea baggers fell for, the other one was that JOBS was going to be priority 1.

    A month out and not a word about JOBS, just useless repeal bills and anti-abortion crap which they had to scrap.

    A month wasted on posturing and pandering, gotta love the GOP agenda for "America to fail".

    The GOP is doing their best to achieve their stated goal.

    February 3, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. Mike Dallas

    "GOP aides declined to specify where the specific cuts to meet this overall target would come from"

    How novel for the GOP.

    February 3, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. maine liberal

    The BLAME game They maintain that because the Democrats did not enact a budget .....

    February 3, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. Herbal Tea Party

    Interestingly that during all of the GOP campaign talk BEFORE the elections, nothing was mentioned about the $100B cuts being pro-rated to the Gov't fiscal year.

    February 3, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. Russ

    Is anyone really surprised? They love spending as much as the next guy.

    February 3, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  6. NV

    Would it not be a slap in the face of injred and returning veterans to find that the House has cut veteran benefits of which might include mental and physical health care. If this is what taking back our Goverment, then as a disabled vet, then I am ashamed of being a disabled veteran.

    February 3, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. EddyL

    Let's see these big mouths start by slashing their own salaries and benefits...

    February 3, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Just plain laughable. Nuff said.

    February 3, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. DAVE

    well that doesn't suprise me at all! the republicans have no experience in balancing a budget. we will have to wait for another election to have a chance of doing that. the federal budget has been balanced 2 times sense the 1940s by democrats. bill clinton did it and john kennedy did it. the cool thing about when john kennedy did it was that he cut the taxes for the very rich almost in half. the difference being he cut taxes with real money not borrowed money like the republicans did. john kennedy also spent money on tech development in the nasa program and made it so that the goverment could not patend any of the new invensions thats when we pulled way ahead in the world with new products to sell. the republicans on the other hand seem content on managing our decline by excepting that revenues are fixed and won't be increased by new growth in our future.

    February 3, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. Seattle Sue

    Gee, I guess that makes Paul Ryan and other Republicans/Tea party people liars. They were going to cut 100 billion, now that is down to 32 billion and when it's said and done, will probably be less. They are going to create jobs but I have not heard of their plan yet. I know they have only had the House for a month but like they asked President Obama on day one, where are the jobs. Come on Boehner man up and create jobs. I see where Bachman wants to cut the VA by 4.5 billion, I guess she is really proud of our troops. What a fruit cake.

    February 3, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  11. james Miller

    JOBS JOBS JOBS - Remember !!!! - JOBS JOBS JOBS. That`s all we once heard. That and NO!!!! -– Funny, how soon they forget when they are in control. Republicans are greedy, self serving hypocrites.

    February 3, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  12. The Other Michael in Houston

    Unemployment is still over 9 %.....what happen to the messiah boehner and rand.Why is'nt the country fixed yet?????? Where are all the jobs promised Republicans? Yeah that sounds just as stupid as complianing about President Obama, after being in office for less than 2 months.

    February 3, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  13. True American

    bwahahahahahah...fail!

    now how about cutting congressional pay and healtcare benefits mr. paul?

    February 3, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  14. kyle

    Looks like that pledge was to the richest two-percent!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 3, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  15. NVa Native

    Surprise Repubs don't live up to the fantasy they created for the simple minded fools who follow them – and their propogandists.

    February 3, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    If the Republicans want to cut the deficit, they should push for the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share by raising the top income tax bracket to what it was under Reagan: 39%

    Folks like Bill Gates and Warren Buffet – two of the wealthiest people IN THE WORLD – agree.

    When will the Republicans start working on behalf of the average American? They love to yammer on about "the will of the people"; well, the people want jobs. Giving more money to the rich doesn't create them here at home. Cutting social spending when people are in need doesn't create jobs.

    When are Republicans going to do what's right instead of pandering to the fringes in their party?

    February 3, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  17. bravado in boston

    see?

    Told ya so!

    February 3, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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