House Republicans release first specific spending cut proposals
February 9th, 2011
12:04 PM ET
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House Republicans release first specific spending cut proposals

Washington (CNN) –After months of being vague on exactly what federal programs they would slash in their quest to cut spending, House Republicans Wednesday released a list of some 70 specific cuts.

House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers is putting a wide range of agencies and programs on the chopping block, from environmental and energy spending, to job training and longtime GOP targets, like the arts.

"Make no mistake, these cuts are not low-hanging fruit. These cuts are real and will impact every District across the country – including my own," said Rogers in a statement.

The cuts will be part of the spending bill the House plans to vote on next week to keep the government running through the rest of this year. The current spending bill expires March 4th.

Some of the highlights on the GOP spending cut list: EPA , $1.6 billion; Job Training Programs, $2 billion; Community Health Centers, $1.3 billion; High Speed Rail, $1 billion; Family Planning, $327 million; National Institutes of Health, $1 billion; NASA, $374 million; IRS, $593 million.

A list of the proposed cuts can be found on the House Appropriations Committee Website.

A spokeswoman for Rogers tells CNN that this is intended to be "illustrative" of the full list of spending cuts they plan to unveil Thursday. That will include the outright elimination of some 60 federal programs.

Last week House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, announced cuts he is recommending for the rest of the year that would add up to $35 billion when compared with spending levels currently funding the
government. Ryan's proposed cuts would be $58 billion compared with spending recommended by President Obama for 2011.

Either way the cuts will fall far short of the $100 billion in cuts this year that House Republicans vowed in their so-called Pledge to America.

Conservative Republicans in both the House and the Senate have been pressuring House GOP leaders to keep that promise. House conservatives hope to offer amendments during debate next week for additional spending cuts.

Asked whether he would support these deeper cuts House Speaker John Boehner deflected the question, saying, "Let's let the House make that decision. It's not about my decision. It's not about anybody's else's decision,"

Boehner added, "All Members – Democrats and Republicans ought to have the chance to involve themselves in the process of legislating and let all members represent all Americans to develop how much cutting the American people really want."

One of the conservatives proposing more cuts, House Republican Jeff Flake who just joined the Appropriations Committee, opposed the overall levels set by the committee and said he plans to offer amendments to push for the full $100 billion that GOP leaders proposed to cut.

"We've got to get to $100 billion or we're not serious," Flake told reporters after the Appropriations committee meeting on Tuesday.

But a senior House GOP aide tells CNN they have looked into the possibility of slashing an additional $43 billion in spending, and determined it would likely mean "cutting salaries and expenses for federal agencies, which means people."

While this GOP aide said that the cuts they are already proposing will no doubt mean job losses, the goal is to "minimize" that and cutting tens of billions more "would mean taking away government jobs and putting them on unemployment rolls."

The GOP aide was speaking on condition of anonymity in order to talk freely about internal Republican deliberations.


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soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. Protect and Defend Freedom of Speech in the USA

    Way to go!! Now keep cutting and cutting and cutting until this beast of a government that wants to run, control and regulate everything in our lives, is once more a reasonable size.

    February 9, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Get ready people and look up what APARTHEID means, then you will understand exactly what Republicans represent and why President Obama has been fighting so hard to maintain the middle class. This isn't about fear, it's the truth.

    February 9, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. duckbutter

    now the education bloated department... defense ..... get social securty and medicare under control... thats what america wants .... leadership....

    February 9, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. Video Guy

    Once again, if you do not make at least half a mill a year your screwed. GOP is the party of the Rich

    February 9, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. mo123

    IRS? Cutting IRS will increase the deficit, not decrease it. We need to collect taxes, folks!

    February 9, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. Tall Ed

    The problem is that if you cut too much the government is too small to handle anything, just ask New Orleans.
    The other problem you run into is the companies will have too much power if the Government isn't big enough to properly regulate them. Just look at the Housing Market, the unemployment rate and the Gulf Coast you have a good idea of what can happen.

    February 9, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. jannett

    yeah cut the EPA, when you get polluted water, air, and food. Eat drink and be merry for tomorrow you die. Cut those Community Health Centers, poor people go there thinking that they will get the health care they need, when they go and the doors are closed they can put a sign up saying "Thank you Republicans because we have taken our country back, then they can go home and die as well. Cut family planning so that these women will not be able to afford birth control, they can have these babies and go home and watch them starve to death and then they can thank the GOP for making sure that they had no choice in having the baby in the first place. Cut NIH, we don't need any inovations in health care or new drugs or safe drugs. The drug companies will be responsible for making sure the drugs are safe, so when you get a tainted bottle of asprin just go home and die.

    February 9, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. obama2012

    @ protect, lol. Are you really stuck on stupid? Those cuts are peas in a barrel at best they will cut less than 3% of defict, lol. Now when gop start talking the real budget busters we can talk, until then u go on and live in ur fanstasy world, lol. What a joke

    February 9, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Cutting the EPA (this keep the air, land and water clean)? Cutting job training; they guess that people can pay for that on their own or get loans to get back to school about this. This shows where their values are... Have more kids, but struggle to get a job that requires new skills. Typical do it your self kind of attitude; not everyone can pull themselves up by their boot straps because not everyone has boots.

    February 9, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. Glenn Koons

    Get the easy cuts out of the way...NPR. Some job training boondoggles, NPR, cut out the heart of EPA which is ruining free enterprise. Cut the Dep. of Ed. Cut out all duplications of federal agencies. And then start on foreign aid easy cuts. Good for the Pubs. The Dems will never do anything to cut spending , taxes or regs. Oh Obama is on his campaign charm run, but if voters actually pay attention, they will see the Dems have no clue to economic stability.

    February 9, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. Refascistican

    EPA , $1.6 billion; Job Training Programs, $2 billion; Community Health Centers, $1.3 billion; High Speed Rail, $1 billion; Family Planning, $327 million; National Institutes of Health, $1 billion; NASA, $374 million; IRS, $593 million.

    They campaigned on jobs, yet they're intentions are to cut spending that creates jobs. High speed rail will put thousands back to work. Job training is needed for people who were layed off from jobs they've been working on for 30 years and now they have to find a new skill set. These ReFascisticans are not trying to create jobs. They're intent on concentrating the wealth at the top and saying to hell with everyine else.

    February 9, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    Notice how all of these programs help our country, its citizens and the environment? No mention of ending corporate welfare (subsidies for the oil industry that is experiencing record profits); no cuts to redundant military programs that the military admits are unneeded; no request of the wealthy to pay their fair share by raising their top income tax bracket from 36% to 39% (what it was under the GOP's god, Reagan).

    GOP = Hates the average American; loves those multi-national corporations

    February 9, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. BubbaSponge

    Great just great as if we don't have enough to worry about now, we will have alot more to worry about if these cuts are done mostly by the GOP they aren't worried about the middle class, but yet big corporations!! Cutting the Community Health Centers is a outrage, and also cutting WIC for pregnant woman and the nourishment given to them for there children is not only wrong but immoral. GOP wake up don't just cut because u made a promise to the American people, cut were it make sense to cut, not to hurt the American people, the nation is in crisis open your eyes and do whats right not wrong, bring GOP back into power we will be in trouble wake up America when it come time to vote in 2012 GOP will bring us down even more than we are now!!

    February 9, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain

    Protect and Defend Freedom of Speech in the USA: Both your beloved Reagan and GW Bush expanded federal government by leaps and bounds; did you protest then? Providing protections against predatory, often foreign-controlled corporations, is reasonable and common-sense.

    That is, unless you favor those foreign-controlled corporations over your own country ...

    February 9, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  15. Lucullus

    I realize that this has nothing to do with the subject at hand but has anyone noticed that whenever CNN posts a subject like Bush not being able to leave the country for fear of being indicted or Don Rumsfelds book etc, the comments section is closed? We can comment on Sara Palin but not on The Dim Son, Court Appointed Boy President or any of his Minions.

    February 9, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    Only a fool thinks that corporations, whose sole motivation is profit, will make sound long-term decisions that benefit more than just their shareholders.

    Corporations need to suck it up and accept that the world doesn't revolve around them, and that our country is by the PEOPLE and for the PEOPLE.

    Making a reasonable profit is fine; killing the earth and everyone on it in some sick pursuit of wealth is NOT.

    February 9, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    The House Committee on Appropriations document outlining their proposed cuts is a Word document; I'm supposed to trust these yahoos that if I open or download it, it won't infect my computer?

    When are these guys going to join the 21st Century and post it as a PDF file?

    What a bunch of idiots!

    February 9, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  18. Name king

    Federal taxes are the lowest since the great depression, back in the 50 and 60s federal taxes was the highest at a whopping 93 percent rate, this error was the most productive error in united state history, it was the born of middle class error. Yesterday the repug criticize the dems for trying to take back a tax credit they gave the giant oil industries that would Hav cut the budget significantly and these giant tycoons wouldn't even flinch. What is the madness with the repug and baggers with this taking away the little safe guard business, middle class and the poor need to keep them afloat. Plus the safety and welfare of America. They are without a soul, and a bunch of cowards they can mess with the american people because they don't have much voice, but they won't mess with the rich with those gigantic megaphones.

    February 9, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. G. R.R.

    Zero chance of this happening until they go after republican's favorite items as well. Until then, this is just another attempt at creating a wedge issue.

    February 9, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain

    Cutting funding to the IRS is just another read-meat issue for the Republican base of idiots. The average American isn't bothered by the IRS; cutting funding to it will allow even more corporations to skirt the law and not pay their fair share.

    When are the Republican voters going to wake up and realize they're being USED to VOTE AGAINST THEIR OWN SELF-INTEREST?!? And accept that the GOP leadership just laughs at them behind their backs (while they sip 50-year-old wine at their country club ...) ?!?

    February 9, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  21. GI Joe

    I'll be impressed when they cut congressional salaries by at least 30% and pick up the tab for their own health care and retirement benefits. It's what WE have to do. And we don't get retirement benefits after 6 measley years. Make them work 20 or 25 before they get the MINIMUM.

    February 9, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  22. Me

    8~9% unemployment and they want to cut job training programs. Nothing like shooting yourself in the foot, USA.

    February 9, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  23. Fair is Fair

    "Get ready people and look up what APARTHEID means, then you will understand exactly what Republicans represent and why President Obama has been fighting so hard to maintain the middle class. This isn't about fear, it's the truth."
    ___________________

    No. When you use such words, you're the one spreading fear.

    February 9, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  24. ThinkAgain

    duckbutter: Where was all your concern when GW Bush kept two wars off the books, cut taxes during wartime (unprecedented in our nation's history) and turned the Clinton surplus into a deficit?

    You do realize the GOP spends every waking minute trying to convince you to vote against your own self-interest, right?

    February 9, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  25. Crazy Harry

    Who needs clean water and air? Safe drugs? People with gainful employment? Educate our children? Definitely not the US.

    On our way to becoming a third world nation.

    February 9, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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