House Republicans unveil dramatic spending cuts
February 11th, 2011
11:25 PM ET
4 years ago

House Republicans unveil dramatic spending cuts

Washington (CNN) – House Republicans unveiled a sweeping spending bill Friday evening that slashes hundreds of programs and agencies across the government – from education, to the environment to cops on the beat – setting up a showdown with Senate Democrats.

“The legislation includes the largest reduction in discretionary spending in the history of our nation – over five times larger than any other discretionary cut package ever considered by the House,” said House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers, R-KY, in a statement.

Read the full list of proposed cuts here.

Facing rebellion from conservatives – especially newly elected freshmen – House GOP leaders added $26 billion spending cuts from their planned proposal in order to fulfill a campaign promise to cut $100 billion in spending this year

The total spending cuts add up to $60 billion when compared to spending levels now funding the government. But it meets the GOP pledge to cut $100 billion in federal spending compared to what President Obama proposed for government programs for this fiscal year, which was never enacted.

Based on the President's budget for this year, $81 billion would be cut from non-security programs, and $19 billion from security related programs, all compared with the president’s budget proposal for 2011.

“These cuts go far and wide, and will affect every community in the nation. These were hard decisions, and I know many people will not be happy with everything we’ve proposed in this package. That’s understandable and not unexpected, but I believe these reductions are necessary to show that we are serious about returning our nation to a sustainable financial path,” said Rogers.

The Republican legislation calls for over 100 federal programs to be outright eliminated, including scholarships, family planning, school counseling, Teach for America, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, AmeriCorps, and the COPS hiring program.

The Department of Agriculture’s budget would see a 22% reduction compared with current spending levels: $88 million in cuts for Food Safety and Inspection; a $747 million cut in nutrition programs for women and children; a $241 million cut at the FDA.

Rep. Norm Dicks, D-WA, issued a statement saying these cuts will result in “furloughing the federal inspectors in slaughter and processing plants” because they would have to shut down for six to nine weeks.

The Labor Health and Human Services Budget would also face a 22% spending decrease: $1.3 billion in cuts for job training grants; a $1.1 billion cut to the Head Start education program; and $305 million in community service block grants.

The Department of Interior’s Budget is slashed by 14%. The biggest cuts here are aimed at the EPA – $3 billion – on everything from research on global warming, to vehicle fuel standards certification – amounting to 30% of its budget.

The Transportation and Housing Budgets would lose 24% of overall funding: $2.5 billion cut to high speed rail; over $650 million at the FAA, and well over $1 billion for public housing.

The measure also cuts $122 million from the White House budget, and prohibits funding for the so-called Health Care Czar and Climate Change Czar.

House Republicans will bring the spending bill that includes these cuts to the House floor for a vote next week.

The current spending bill keeping the government running expires on March 4th.

Many Republicans, especially freshmen in the House elected on slashing government spending, say they know many of these cuts will be tough to swallow, but call it imperative to getting the country’s fiscal house in order.

“If we don’t do something our kids and our grandkids are screwed,” freshmen Rep. Joe Walsh, R-IL, told CNN

“This is a moral issue acknowledging that there may be some very worthy programs that are going to get hurt, but we all have to suck it up,” he said.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi called the Republican plan “irresponsible,” saying it “threatens jobs and economic growth, hampers our global competitiveness and harms the people hurting most: working families and the middle class.”

Many Republicans said they still hoped to try to cut more as the House debates the spending measure this coming week.

Democrats warn that deep spending cuts in the House will make it harder to negotiate with the Senate, led by Democrats.

"We are willing to meet the Republicans in the middle on cutting spending but they keep lurching to the right," said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY.


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soundoff (323 Responses)
  1. Howard Gardner

    Ok fine cut some of these programs. But when will congrass cut thier owe pay? This will never happen. Its a good smoke screen. But we are where we are because of the war in Iraq no other reason.

    February 12, 2011 03:43 am at 3:43 am |
  2. Jeva

    Its amazing how republicans and conservatives are quick to attack middle class and the poor whiles they would fight with all their might to support the rich. It goes to show how the tea party are simply a great tool for the self interest of the rich. They will cut their noses just to spite the face.

    February 12, 2011 03:53 am at 3:53 am |
  3. Deep Freeze in Wyo

    It is so cold here in Wyoming that I just saw a democrat with his hands in his own pockets!

    February 12, 2011 03:58 am at 3:58 am |
  4. lyondawg

    Why dont the polititions cut there pay checks in half or work for free for a year,and get rid of past presidents continuing salaries after there voted out of office,as d.trump says ur fired.fuck the political policies,work for free like the rest of america and see how there feel.oppinon are like assholes theres just to many on this planet

    February 12, 2011 04:09 am at 4:09 am |
  5. Ben

    That makes perfect sense. Get rid of all the safety and environmental regulations, I mean, who needs clean food and air? And for that matter get rid of the social programs that many lower income Americans rely on. But don't touch the military, the US needs to continue to have nearly half of the world's military budget.

    February 12, 2011 04:14 am at 4:14 am |
  6. goat

    Not a dime cut from defense spending? That's republicans for you. We wouldn't have to cut any of these public services if we just cut defense spending, and get rid of all these security firms that we don't need.

    February 12, 2011 04:14 am at 4:14 am |
  7. NowYouDidIt

    Lurch to the right? This is more like a full body convulsion of the Republican common sense. But, this is what you voted for in November. I suggest you let your R representatives and senators know that this is just a bit over arching and ludicrous! This Transportation and Housing cuts alone are staggering, then throw in $88m less on food safety inspections, $1b less on public housing. As more planes have near misses in the sky and more food poisoning and other outbreaks reach the public, just remember which party brought this to you. Yes, we need to balance the budget, but lets see where the pork goes over the next 2 years. oink

    February 12, 2011 04:15 am at 4:15 am |
  8. T Mo

    How many of these programs could we save if ONLY we would tax the rich like the Democrats proposed?
    But that was against the Republican policy of letting middle class Americans carry the burden.

    February 12, 2011 04:24 am at 4:24 am |
  9. Steve Duane

    head start programs are officially unpaid for by government, way to think these things through. Keep in mind these ALL the states were more than happy to take the stimulus money provided (Republican included)........If I were in charge of my state I would have used the stimulus money to fund whats being cut out now. Don't give your idea on why the stimulus was a bad idea if you helped spend it MR.SENATOR.

    February 12, 2011 04:40 am at 4:40 am |
  10. phil

    Why don't we start with cutting our law maker lavish befifets plans...thre job was never ment to be full time and they have the best health care and retirement plans anywhere...buy the way, what was left of my ubderfunded retiement now is with the PBGC.

    February 12, 2011 04:40 am at 4:40 am |
  11. Name Larry

    And still no jobs, it was just a battle cry to get elected

    February 12, 2011 04:41 am at 4:41 am |
  12. thejoker_

    I didn't see ANY cuts to the defense budget.

    February 12, 2011 04:41 am at 4:41 am |
  13. Wyatt

    Does anyone even edit these articles before they are posted? Too many typos and bad grammar on these media sites these days...

    February 12, 2011 04:42 am at 4:42 am |
  14. Larry Bradenton, FL

    Rep. Joe Walsh, R-IL, told CNN

    “This is a moral issue acknowledging that there may be some very worthy programs that are going to get hurt, but we all have to suck it up,” he said.
    What is with the "we" crap. This idiot wouldn't be affected by any of these cuts!
    Nothing about cut backs in Military Industrial Complex spending!?

    February 12, 2011 04:49 am at 4:49 am |
  15. Sojidad

    A perfect way to halt a recovery and exacerbate unemployment.

    February 12, 2011 04:50 am at 4:50 am |
  16. Daniel

    Where are the cuts in Defense an corporate subsidies?

    February 12, 2011 04:54 am at 4:54 am |
  17. dbstn

    The Republicans recently said they would focus on jobs – little did we know that meant people losing their jobs. Thanks Republicans!!

    February 12, 2011 04:59 am at 4:59 am |
  18. Tod

    How about bringing our troops home. Stop trying to be the worlds police. Stop giving out aid to other contries. If we can't afford it then stop

    February 12, 2011 05:00 am at 5:00 am |
  19. Sirkanto

    Does the plan include lowering their salaries and benefits? Doubtful.

    February 12, 2011 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  20. Randy

    Finally some real cuts! Maybe some of the extravagant spending of the Bush years and now Obama years will finally be curtailed. As Afghanistan and Iraq wind down there'll be some more military cutting too but we have to get our country back in the black and stop spending what we don't have, no matter how good the programs are. We simply don't have the cash! It's ATM cards for the USA from now on...not Visas or Mastercards.

    February 12, 2011 05:05 am at 5:05 am |
  21. maria penaflor

    the republican does not care who are affected and who will be affected because they have money and they are powerful and that is the reason why they won to please the people who put them in power and they dont care they are paid before the election so they have no choice but to do their job and be cautious now wiht their accounts and where they put their excess money and be vigilant with their personal spending and lifestyles. Somewhere along the road this legistrators are hiding something

    February 12, 2011 05:11 am at 5:11 am |
  22. Blh5150

    How about they slash their salary too!!

    February 12, 2011 05:14 am at 5:14 am |
  23. Ken

    It's about time Congress, in particular the House, got serious about fiscal reform. There may be a kernal of truth to the statement that these cuts will hurt some people short term. The long term negative effects of doing nothing, however, far outweight the short term. It is time to get serious about reducing federal spending. Current levels are simply unsustainable.

    February 12, 2011 05:17 am at 5:17 am |
  24. Joshua

    Am I the only one wondering at the fact that the military has not been mentioned at all?

    February 12, 2011 05:17 am at 5:17 am |
  25. kwame akuffo

    As a republican it will sound unusual for me to want higher taxes however I'd rather take it than spending cuts because established programs will start laying off our diminishing unemployment rate will rise again and innovations for our future will be narrowed.

    February 12, 2011 05:18 am at 5:18 am |
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