Senate Republicans propose alternative plan to current budget cuts
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) (C) talks with Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Senate Minority Whip Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) (R) before a news conference about defense spending sequestration at the U.S. Captiol December 14, 2011 in Washington, DC.
February 2nd, 2012
01:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Senate Republicans propose alternative plan to current budget cuts

Washington (CNN) - Top Senate Republicans unveiled a proposal Thursday to replace looming across-the-board budget cuts, most notably to the Pentagon, with new restrictions on both the compensation to and size of the federal work force.

The mandatory cuts are a consequence of the failure of Congress' so-called super committee in November.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    Republicans set up these rules. Now they wish to break them. Suirprised? I'm not.

    February 2, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  2. Mikey

    As usual – take it out on the workers – the middle class. The bonus is that if they lay off more workers, the unemployment rate stays high and they can win the presidential election. Is this the new strategy; destroy the POTUS for partisan political gain? Because if it is and the Democrats adopt it too, the U.S. is done for. I hope the public sees through it and does not reward the GOP. How unpatriotic do you have to be to deliberately harm our country for political gain? Romney is the epitomy of this desease – the love of power and wealth over our Country and its people.

    February 2, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  3. Gurgi

    Riiiigggghhhhtttttt. Back to the clinton days of doing more with nothing.

    February 2, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Maybe they could propose tax cuts for the upper 1%, and with that reduced revenue, that will generate enough money to increase the defense budget.

    February 2, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  5. GI Joe

    Then why did they waste everyone's time and energy to allow the "super committee" to spend the time? Why didn't they offer that in negotiations?

    Because they want ONLY to cricize what others say and do - we see thru their childish games.

    February 2, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  6. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Here are my recommendations: Shut down the Senate Gym and the private subway that brings them from their office building to the Capitol. From looking at these guys, they ain't using the gym and they really need to start walking. Hey, maybe they will actually have to speak with real people on their way in, not just lobbyists! Next – make them pay for their own healthcare, including the same type of OPP the rest of us have to deal with. Next – reduce the amount of money they get to run their offices in their home states. They are never there, so why waste the money on them.

    February 2, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  7. Dave

    This just more of the typical GOP cluelessness. Like the Federal workforce or not, they are necessary to perform government functions. That said, like any business, it is paramount to be able to attract a talented workforce and maintain the good employees already in the fold. You don't do that by offering poor wages and on top of that, telling them they have to work even harder.

    The really amusing thing here is that Republicans love to toot their own horns about how much they know about business. Any business knows that you don't attract and retain talent by demonizing your employees and refusing to pay them what they deserve.

    February 2, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  8. rs

    Don't worry, the Republicans are only trying to sound reasonable for the moment. When the time comes they'll be back to their usual nonsense. They just can't help themselves. They'll probably want to balance the books with another tax cut for the rich, more environmental damage, de-regulation, and finish it of by ending Social Security. You'll see.

    February 2, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  9. Sage Sophos

    When will this old folks get it? President Obama is trying to make the government leaner, efficient and effective. The number of employees is not the root cause of the problem!! otherwise republicans are good at victimizing American workers.freezing on federal worker pay and cutting back the federal workforce however gradual won't work. The solution is what the president is proposing eliminating waste (duplication) of work and merging some of the government functions. The problem with the republican party is simple " if they are not harassing union employees, they are busy harassing federal employees or finding ways to surpress women rights!! please concentrate with the most important issues.

    February 2, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  10. John in Brooklyn

    So, rather than having the guts to actually proposing things like cutting Medicare, Social Security, etc....they just intend to cut the government's ability to run those programs. How cowardly!

    February 2, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  11. Vince

    Absolutely not. They agreed to the terms...time to deal with them as they were originally set up.

    February 2, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  12. Four and The Door

    "If Republicans wish to avoid the trigger, they should finally get serious about revenues so we can pass the kind of grand bargain the president has proposed," one Senate Democratic leadership aide told CNN. ...
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    Interesting response to Republican plans to cut Federal spending. The Democrats still trying to raise taxes. I guess in 2010 American voters weren't clear enough or maybe Democrats forgot the shellacking they received. Thank goodness the Republicans continue to focus on why they were sent to Washington.

    February 2, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  13. tigerakabj

    Nope. The GOP created that debt-ceiling fiasco in another futile attempt to bring the President down, which led to the agreement that triggers on defense would go off if the super committee didn't find an addition 1.2 trillion to cut. If they had just raised the debt ceiling without creating a big fuss, they wouldn't now be in the position of having to tell their defense sugar daddies that "We messed up."

    The Dems have to major cards - Bush tax cuts expirations and these large defense cuts. I say in exchange for letting half of the defense cuts trigger, get a 3x the original size jobs bill (i.e., infrastructure, teachers, CCC) + renewable energy standard + closing corporate loopholes through the House and Senate.

    February 2, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  14. Satberry

    The republicans really do not want to solve the debt problem.The defense budget is really the major contributor.They know Willard if elected will side with the neocons.If this happens we are done,another war will be next.

    February 2, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  15. Four and The Door

    So at the same time this work is being done to try and save $127 billion, an extension of the payroll Social Security tax break costing $100 billion is being considered even though there is no agreement on how to pay for it?

    It is easy to see why in 2012 the US Federal government continues to have a $1 trillion deficit. Arguments for the payroll tax cut are that, along with another extension in unemployment benefits it will create an estimated 500,000 jobs. The fact that each one of those jobs then costs $2 million didn't quite make it into the discussion.

    Without a significant change in the way Washington does business, America's future is being sold out. Thank goodness it is 2012 and Mitt Romney is getting such powerful support. Light at the end of the tunnel.

    February 2, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  16. mctampa

    So the republicans want to put this on the backs of the middle class too instead on also increasing revenues from fair taxing of the rich. they just don't stop do they. Federal workers are middle class and don't get huge raises anyway. They have now been frozen for two almost 3 years.

    February 2, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  17. maf

    The GOP obstructed the process, was unable to play the partisan game in the SuperCommittee, knew that their tactics would result in unilateral cuts . . . yet, now want to change the game. What a surprise. No, really, what a surprise.

    Kidding. How arrogant this group shows itself to be time and time again. It's my ball and I'm going home.

    Hope they have their resumes in order. It's a tough market that they have created. Many might find it difficult to find work, as they are in an age group that employers don't want. With insider trading rules changing, they may find themselves trying to get unemployment insurance. What, they did away with unemployment insurance? What about other government subsidies? Oh my, what will they do, those aren't available any longer either.

    What a mess they are creating for themselves.

    Vote the GOP out in November. Across the board!! I will take people over money any day!!!

    February 2, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  18. jilli

    Wow, what a surprise, the republicans make a deal and now they want to break it.

    The DOD is the biggest blackest money pit – it can withstand the cuts. Instead, the republicans would rather put more Americans out of work.

    What's wrong with these people?

    February 2, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |