House Republican leaders give in to conservatives on spending cuts
February 10th, 2011
02:55 PM ET
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House Republican leaders give in to conservatives on spending cuts

Washington (CNN)– Facing a rebellion from conservatives, House Republican leaders say they will now find $100 billion in spending cuts this year, as they had promised during the campaign.

"We have determined that the CR can and will reach a total of $100 billion in cuts compared to the President's request immediately – fully meeting the goal outlined in the Republican 'Pledge to America' in one fell swoop," said House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Kentucky, in a statement. A continuing resolution (CR) is a bill that funds the government.

Just a one day earlier, Rogers was close to finalizing a spending bill that fell far short of $100 billion in cuts.

But House Republican leaders have been under intense pressure from fellow conservatives, including many GOP freshmen whose election delivered the new Republican majority, to slash spending $100 billion this year.

On Wednesday night, a senior House GOP aide told CNN Republican leaders were working on finding additional cuts.

GOP sources tell CNN that during Wednesday's meeting of all House Republicans, several GOP freshmen pressed leaders to meet the $100 billion spending cut pledge.

The scramble to now meet that pledge has delayed the release of the House Republican spending bill, which was planned for Thursday. House GOP leaders intend to vote on the bill next week, which would keep the government running through the rest of this year. The current spending bill expires March 4th.

Asked about the House Republicans plans to slash billions in federal programs, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi immediately pointed out that the internal battle among Republicans is complicating the debate on Capitol Hill over spending.

"I think what they are finding out is that it's easier to talk about cutting $100 billion than it is to actually do it," Pelosi said.

The Democratic leader criticized the size of the proposed Republican cuts, saying, "a hundred billion really cuts to the heart of who we are as a country." She asked whether the GOP is willing to put the cost of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the Pentagon budget on the table as they came up with a list of spending reductions.

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 to spending levels currently funding the government. Ryan's proposed cuts would be $58 billion compared to spending recommended by President Barack Obama for 2011.

Either way those cuts fall far short of the $100 billion this year that House Republicans explicitly vowed to slash in their so-called Pledge to America. Before ceding to conservative demands, House Republicans had argued there was no need to meet that goal, since the fiscal year is almost half way over now.


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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. GOP = Greed Over People

    The new GOP agenda.

    Save 'em in the womb, keep 'em poor an uneducated, kill 'em in an elective war and wrap their coffins in the American flag.

    Repeat, until "christianity" is the only religion.

    February 10, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. Former Republican - Now Independent

    They folded just like Democrats.

    Boehner and Cantor have no backbone or leadership skills and now their cuts will put the country at risk.

    February 10, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. Cosmo

    House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers, you are either an idiot or a fool, or perhaps both, if you think that you can only make cuts in social programs. Until you put the defense budget under the knife, which includes the costs of two unnecessary wars, and subsidies for the oil industry and agribusiness, you are just flapping your gums. The GOP is getting pretty full of itself. Wait until the American people figure out who is really going to be hurt by budget cutsand its radical conservative agenda and you and your fellow tools of Coprorate America will be looking for another line of work.

    February 10, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. fred

    They said $100 billion, and that's what we want! Pelosi can shut it.

    February 10, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. Fair is Fair

    Excellent. Now go find the next $100 Billion... and keep going until the budget is balanced. EVERYTHING on the table, including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Defense... EVERYTHING.

    February 10, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  6. GOP = Greed Over People

    Keep dragging your feet about coming up with a budget for 2010.

    No need to hurry, it is not like the heads of the armed forces have been begging for President Obama's budget to be adopted and increase the needed funds in the 2 wars, jhis budget requested additional funds from the 2009 budget and now will not be appropriated and continue at the 2010 level, but cut even further by these warmongering "patriots".

    The GOP does not care if they "make a point" by standing on more of the coffins of young Americans, just that they make a the point.

    February 10, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  7. Mtnjim

    Welcome to 1933!!

    February 10, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  8. Rdepontb

    And we will yadda yadda yadda...
    We all know we have to cut govt spending AND raise govt revenue, so let's stop the game playing, forcing cuts while also forcing tax breaks. Math doesn't work that way, plain and simple.

    February 10, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. ReFascistican

    Where will you come up with the other 68 billion dollars in cuts? And more importantly, WHERE ARE THE JOBS???????

    February 10, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  10. T'sah from Virginia

    Oh boy – the Shitzkabobs are about to hit the FAN!!
    RepubliCAN’Ts are TOUGH because of newcomer DEMANDS!!
    Or is this just another way to play Political GAMES!!
    Because if it is you RepubliCAN'Ts ought to be ASHAMED!!!!

    The RepubliCAN'T's goal is to make President Obama fail. They are NOT concentrating on JOBS because they have no idea how to resolve that. Therefore, they are going to CUT, CUT, CUT, CUT and reach their own “personal” goals but in the meantime, their CUTS are going to HELP the unemployment remain HIGH.................They will BRAG about how much they are so-call "reducing the deficit" and HOPE President Obama gets the BLAME for the unemployment. The American people I know will NOT fall for it because while they are BULL-CRAPING, we look forward to MOVING AMERICA FORWARD so we can WTF!!!!

    February 10, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    WHERE ARE THE JOBS MR. BOEHNER?

    Can someone explain to me how cutting spending creates a single job?

    I'll answer myself......it doesn't! It only leads to further joblessness!

    Stupid squared!!!

    NEXT: Privatizing Social Security, and turning Medicare into a worthless voucher program. Yes, elections have consequences!

    February 10, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  12. Masood11

    Masood11

    I am agree with this news article body. It's so good news. I think Obama will take necessary stapes for that. Already he says, $75 billion for one year.

    February 10, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  13. TB

    You want to make spending cuts? REALLY? How about eliminating the government run, federal taxpayer funded, socialized, SOCIALIST healthcare plan you all have and enjoy (you know, the same healcare plan you don't want US to have)? YOu people make more than enough money to buy your own healthcare plan from a PRIVATE insurance company, and pay for it with YOUR OWN MONEY (you know, just like you want US to do)!

    We the people don't want to pay for your entitlement program anymore!

    February 10, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. Sherri W.W.#1~ILLinois

    Oh,I SO hope these Repubs listen to their little ole TEA Party people,who have NO IDEA what they are talking about! Go ahead Dems and Pres.Obama~LET THEM CUT THAT $100Billion~and lets SEE WHAT HAPPENS!! when their new"freshies"in the House,AND most of all,the folks they represent back in their home states,REALLY find out what that will MEAN IN THEIR LIVES~WOW! At least NONE of them will EVER get in again and GOOD RIDDANCE! I can live with the cuts for awhile,but I BET a LOT of their Tea Party folks CANT! Be FUN COMING UP! OBAMA 2012 AND DEMS ONLY IN GOVERNMENT! I already told my new congressman that if he fights health care and takes away needed programs,he will NOT get in again,and if he thinks I am wrong,well folks here organized the ouster of 1 Repub who thought HE was unbeatable after so long in office,and I know plenty of folks willing to do it again for removal of these TP/REPB fools! Do NOT underestimate how mad Dems are getting now,watching the Teapubs fool instead of governing!

    February 10, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. D. Bunker

    Prediction: These Greedy Old Parasites will avoid cutting defense spending or tax breaks for oil companies, while making sure the burden of their cuts fall on the poor, middle class and the environment. C'mon, who wants to take my bet?

    February 10, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  16. IWISHIWASPHARTINGMAN

    and it dies in the Senate.

    February 10, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  17. Four and The Door

    "I think what they are finding out is that it's easier to talk about cutting $100 billion than it is to actually do it," Pelosi said.
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________
    It is, but watch them do it anyway. The American people have spoken. How do you like your new office, Representative Pelosi?

    February 10, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  18. B

    Where oh where were all of these -so called- Conservatives while not watching all of the undeclared spending for the eight years of the Bush administration? The low and middle class will take the hit on spending cuts and the Corporations will take all of the tax brakes – again..

    February 10, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  19. vic nashville tn

    They not going cut 100 billions this year

    February 10, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  20. Gaylon Barrow

    You dummies you'd better do what you promised. Or you will have a short lived celebration that you took the election in November. REMEMBER WE VOTED YOU IN AND WE CAN TAKE YOU BACK OUT. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH OF YOU POLITICAL HOGWASHES THINKING YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU WANT. YOU BETTER GOVERN FOR THE PEOPLE. NO MORE SPENDING, OBAMACARE, SCHOOLING, FREE LUNCHES, SCHOOL SUPPLIES AND HEALTH BENEFITS FOR THE ILLEGALS. NO AMNESTY FOR THE ILLEGALS. THEY BROKE THE LAW. THE SOONER YOU REALIZE IT THE BETTER OUR GOVERNMENT WILL BE. THIS COUNTRY CAN NOT STAND OVER POPULATION WITH FEREE FOR ALL ATTITUDE FOR ALL FROM ACROSS THE BORDER. HOW ARE WE GOING TO SUPPORT THEM. GROW UP.

    February 10, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  21. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans don't blink when it comes to spending taxpayers money on wars and paying dictators of Iraq, Afghan, Pakistan, Egypt and other countries billions but don't want Americans to have unemployment, food for mothers and their babies, education for our children, healthcare. It is unAmerican to deny Americans but it's okay to spend away in other countries and not get anything in return, it is unAmerican and then turn around and say we are a Christian country.

    February 10, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. gt

    there is so much fat in the federal gov. that is they were a person a doctor would call them morbid obese....keep cutting ... and get our troops home now.. that would save a ton....

    February 10, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  23. Sally

    Slash and burn, shock and awe ... Republican children at play with real-world complexities. Beware incompetence and hubris.

    February 10, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |