House GOP slashes billions, falls short of pledge
February 3rd, 2011
01:33 PM ET
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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. Crazy Harry

    Now here's a surprise. What a bunch of losers they are all. Nothing but extreme amounts of hot air emanating from their direction.

    February 3, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. Glenn Koons

    Ah CNN and the MSM libs. The Dems would not cut anything but our military so the Islamofascists would win globally and become our brothers! LOL.. At least the Pubs are cutting. They do not run the Senate or WH, remember you Journo-Lists? When they do, you might see your fave, NPR and all other lib agencies cut. I cannot wait for that to see your tears and hatred.

    February 3, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. Me

    Have any of these cuts in spending created any jobs?
    Has repealing the Healthcare Reform Bill created any jobs?
    Has the GOP produced any legislation that will get people back to work?
    What was it that the Tea Party wanted again?

    February 3, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. Sherri W.W.#1~ILLinois

    Of course the Repubs are "breaking every promise!" Who was it that expected the GOP to do any better,for the American people,than they have done for us in many years? I was raised Repub,but,as they say"This is NOT your Fathers Republican Party!" I left them behind long ago,because I KNOW they are for the Rich only! My family was well off,my brother a millionaire and mixed into politics,and he admitted to me ,that they[GOP]didnt give one damn about"little"people! President Obama 2012 !!

    February 3, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. Roland

    Surprised? ... No way! The GOP and Tea Baggers do not posess the intellectual capacity nor the work ethic necessary to Govern a country with 300+ million people. They know how to effectively mislead to get elected however it is very similar to the dog running after the car. They do not know what to do once they catch the car. America – please let the "facts" get in the way. Tea Baggers are afraid to conduct interviews outside of FOX. That should admit that they are in over their heads and afraid of a tough question. Now that you have given back the keys to the car {that is in the ditch} the only thing left are their talk-tracks. Lower Taxes – {we rank 16th out of Top-20 industrial nations} – Everyone should bear arms {like we are back in the 18th century} – Anti Abortion {yet, they jump at the chance to invade a country and kill tens of thousands} – Repeal Healthcare {while they fully utilize their Govt/Socialized Healthcare Plan} – What Hypocrites! Where are the JOBS?

    February 3, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Not one Republican has been able to tell Americans where these cuts are coming from and I guarantee you these cuts won't have anything to do about jobs. Republicans have fleeced Americans into believing their lies to get votes from the tea baggers who certainly have no idea on how to run the country and the Republicans knew this.

    February 3, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  7. BeanerECMO

    All agencies at the federal, state and local levels should cut programs by 5% each year for the next 5 years except for those efforts that directly support combat ops, counter-illegal immigration ops, or DHS ops. However, each agency should still be held to a budget cut of 5% made up of cuts to programs that do not directly support combat ops, counter-illegal immigration ops, or DHS ops. All open federal, state and local positions not filled should be eliminated immediately. VA care (except for service connected maladies) as well as Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid should be means tested. Cut federal and state congressional operational funding by 10% per year for 5 years. Freeze federal, state and local congressional / administrative / support staff pay for the next 10 years.

    February 3, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    They'll never cut as much as they really pledge to actually to cut. There is no way because they will hear from members about that hurting their district. This is something the VP could be doing to cut what programs aren't working by review things with each department head much like Gates is doing on his own.

    February 3, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. Republicans = Fascists

    Where's the other 42 billion in cuts Weeper Boehner? Isn't that what the "Pledge to America" promised? YOU LIE!!!

    February 3, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. Jim - Michigan

    What a disappointment. They knew when they made the pledge to us that a budget was not in place and that they would not actually control congress until after January 2011. I do not want to hear excuses or crap about prorating anything. Even a 100 billion dollar cut is pennies in comparison to our debt. Assuming nothing changes and the republicans fail to balance the budget, cut entitlement programs they will lose this independent vote in 2012.

    February 3, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  11. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    They can pretend to slash all they want. Their ideological-driven efforts will be ignored explicity. They are proven FAILURES that have been reinstated to minmal power by an abjectly ignorant, apparently self-loathing sector of the public. The Senate and Pres. will do the real business.

    February 3, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  12. Protect and Defend Freedom of Speech in the USA

    So the Democrats think the juvenile approach of claiming the Republicans aren't keeping promises their because they didn't cut $100 Billion is going to get THEM voters?? The fiscal year is almost half over and if the Democrats had been able to pass their huge bill, almost ALL the spending would have been done. The person pushing this idiotic and childish line of attack is probably the same dolt that came up with the Democrats strategy in the 2010 election. How'd that work out for ya?!

    BTW, where are all the cuts in spending the Democrats want to do? Come on Democrats, I'd like to turn this into an "I'll cut even more" contest!

    February 3, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  13. vic nashville tn

    We gave billions to Israel, Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Palestine but GOP love to cut seniors benefits who build our nations strong (many Americans came to know after Egypt crisis)

    Many states try to Copycat sb1070. Cost of the bill nearly 90 millions (vary state to state) there is no way of saving. Its cost more
    States to DC republicans can’t keep their promise on saving

    February 3, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  14. jo

    Are we at all surprised? – Where are the Jobs, Boner? – where are the jobs.

    February 3, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. Al-NY,NY

    Blah-blah-blah. Their pre-election propaganda mentioned no "caveats" or other pre-existing trends. They are clearly reneging on a promise (as if anyone who has a brain believed them in the first place) and are showing that they are liars that will not come thru on their pledge

    February 3, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  16. Why would you call a measly 2 per cent cut "Slash"?

    More like a paper cut to me.

    February 3, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. Jo

    52 ... 38 ... Republicans think these are just numbers a football quarter back barks out.

    February 3, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  18. a little sad

    Of course they are not meeting their goals or keeping their promises – they had no idea how to accomplish the pormises they made, and they are hoping that the rest of us don't notice.

    Kudos to the repubs for failing to dumb down the definition of "rape", but I thought you were supposed to be addressing JOBS!

    Quit trying to expand the governments interference in private matters and trying to rollback the healthcare reform, and work on the economy.

    February 3, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  19. lforlegend

    The republicans are like school-yard bullies. Talk, talk, talk, and NO SUBSTANCE.

    February 3, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  20. Name king

    Aah I don't understand why the repugs want to balance the budget on the less fortunate, it's not like jobs are so abundant out there, I know that you guys can do any thing to the folks who don't really have a voice and you don't have to worry about repocussion, because all you guys will do is throw a little bit of intolerance and fear mongering in the mix and you will get the poor white folks every time. So I guest you could go with the tea baggers and ravished the little bit of demand mainstreet have left to compete with china and the developing world, and people who are getting the most serious fragging will worship you guys like gods, look at the last election. Keep taking money from the economy and give to the rich because all they do is put it on the sideline and invest it in china.

    February 3, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. Abe

    Democrats did not even complete a budget the year before is telling if not pathetic. The GOP has a long way to go and it is a miracle they have cut anything with the Spender and Chief. Obama has blown away pending from every President combined from Washington to Bush with his two years in office. The GOP will continue to do their job and cut spending and realize they were elected because Obama has been an utter failure.

    February 3, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. Katie

    Only dupes and lemmings actually bought that whole "republicans are fiscally conservative" crap. They've been spewing that fallacy for 30 years all the while they're tripling the deficit and running up the debt. Registered republicans proved that you can fool some of the people all of the time.

    February 3, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  23. Dennis

    Cut out Corporate Welfare and you could get $100 Billion in a second, but then you would be biting the hand that feeds you now, won't you. Never mind the taxpayer and the middle class.

    February 3, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. maine liberal

    we are going to slash i say slash spendiing and get a budget

    February 3, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. Bill from GA

    Two things repugs can be counted on: cut taxes and blame dems.

    They have no plan to fix the economy.

    They have no plan for increase job growth.

    They deny the awesome turnaround resulting in jobs growing at more than 200 thousand a month now, from loses of over 750 thousand a month when President Obama took office

    They deny the awesome turnaround resulting in GDP going from MINUS SIX PERCENT to over three percent, positive growth, since President Obama took office.

    They claim the stimulus didn't work, as they try to cut any remaining (committed) funds.

    The problem is, that idiot repug voters believe people like Paul Ryan, and his lying cohorts.

    February 3, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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