House passes bill undoing defense cuts
May 10th, 2012
02:21 PM ET
2 years ago

House passes bill undoing defense cuts

Washington (CNN) - The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that would replace looming Pentagon spending cuts opposed by the GOP with a series of domestic program reductions opposed by congressional Democrats.

The bill passed in a strongly polarized 218-199 vote. No Democrats supported the measure.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    This is called reneging on legislation that the House Republicans wrote, voted on and passed. In other words, dirty politics and the American people are the victims while corporations are the beneficiaries.

    Those automatic cuts are supposed to be across the board. Now Republicans want to remove all of the defense cuts, enact all of the cuts on just one side of the ledger, and *increase* defense spending to boot. You gotta be Mitten me.

    May 10, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Let the Congressional record show that the GOP/Teatrolls cannot be trusted to give its word ona deal and then stick to it. They made the deal because the polls at the time were showing them taking the majority of the damage for the debt limit debacle and downgraded credit rating...they just wanted to buy themselves some time to regroup before welching on the deal and re-upping their attacks on the middle-class, poor, sick, elderly, students, etc.

    Mroeover, the spending they want to cut from the ACA is a key provision for preventive health care, such as breast screenings. Such preventive care, particularly for communities that typically have very little access to it, is widely accepted in the industry as a legitimate and effective way of bringing down the costs of health care over time. GOPers/Teatrolls don't want that because it would represent success...and they are trying to prevent success at all costs.

    May 10, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    And how do the tea baggers pay for it? They cut spending for seniors, children the poor, women, and any domestic program that does not help big oil and billionaires.

    May 10, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. Al-NY,NY

    "Unnecessary new planes? More missle silos? Technology that will be out of date by the time it is realized?" Yes Yes and yes!!!! Food for the poor? Fairer taxation? No and No!! How typical

    May 10, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. maf

    How is this HELPFUL???
    The Defense cuts were slated as the negotiations on the 2011 debt ceiling / budget broke down because the GOP played hardball! Now that the time frame is looming, they are railing against the automatic cuts that were mandated because of their bad behavior. "My way or the highway" or most recently "I will support bi-partisanship if it's the Democrats who give in" mentality is what drove the Bush economy to the brink. Democrats, start getting the vote out NOW! It's a six-month race now and it is definitely GAME ON!!

    May 10, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Do they perform random drug testing in the Congress?

    May 10, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. Bill

    Bottom line, they do not keep their word. These cuts were part of debt ceiling deal and now they just want to undo them. I can not wait until these GOP clowns are trounced in November.

    May 10, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. rs

    Once again we see the GOP's real orientation. They don't support balancing the budget, or paying down the debt. (how could they after Mr. Bush?). We also see that American citizens-especially needy ones are somehow less important than keeping profits up for haliburton and other military contractors.

    May 10, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I think republicans are also concerned that billionaires may not get their government 'food stamps.'

    May 10, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  10. Governor 47th in Job Growth

    I see how they honor their words and deals. It is evident to everyone that the GOP cannot be trusted to negotiate anything in good faith. I would say it's stunning, but it's par for the course for today's GOP.
    Forget the people, it's all about defense; never know when those guys from the USSR and Czechoslovakia (Mitt speak showing his current foreign affairs chops) are going to attack us.

    May 10, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    What needs to be done is a whole change of how things are paid for in the government. Contractors need to be paid less during the project and the majority after completion.

    These people that propose cuts for social welfare programs don't understand that there is no one charity that can provide the help that the federal goverment does. If the wealthy of this country fully funded food pantries and social welfare organizations in place of the federal government, then we could cut those programs.

    May 10, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  12. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Yeah cut defense... Iran, North Korea, ongoing war in Afghanistan. Nothing to be concerned about. No dangers out there. Obama will just invite them all to Washington have a little talk with everybody and all will be good.

    May 10, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "How is this HELPFUL???"

    It's not. It's just the GOP trying to set up a counter argument to "bin Laden is dead." Our military is larger than and more money spent on it than the other top 20+ countries' militaries and spending COMBINED. The bigger it gets, the bolder our politicians get, the more meddling in other country's affairs we do, etc., and, as a result, the more we need a bigger military. Seems to me that GOPers/Teatrolls rather enjoy that feedback loop and are precisely the people Eisenhower was talking about when he warned of future generations relying heavily on the military industrial complex to amass control, power and wealth.

    May 10, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The Republican proposal would, among other things, cut Medicaid and food stamp spending, reduce spending for President Barack Obama's health care reform law, strip regulators of the ability to wind down failing financial firms, and end a White House program meant to help struggling homeowners."

    At least Republicans are consistently consistent in who they want to screw over the most. At this point, these folks need to be voted out just on principle.

    May 10, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  15. California Conservative

    Democrats reneging and they play ignorant.

    Ignorance is the democrats best trait. Quite pathetic actually.

    May 10, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. Bill

    @California Conservative

    You have your fact backwards I am afraid. These cuts were part of negotiations that were agreed to by the GOP in the debt ceiling debacle (broght to your by the stubborn GOP). Now they want to take it back. You need to smell what you are shoveling bozo.

    May 10, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  17. J

    "California Conservative

    Democrats reneging and they play ignorant. "

    How are the democrats reneging on this? This is all republican BS.

    May 10, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Time to throw these republican bums out ,these extremest need to be shown what an Obama and Dem landslide looks like.get on board the train !!!!

    May 10, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  19. California Conservative

    Bill – The name calling. You lost the argument right there.

    Thanks for playing.

    May 10, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  20. rs

    Is it time yet? Can't we just send the GOP members of the House to Gitmo as theAnti-American terrorists they are?

    May 10, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Ignorance is the democrats best trait. Quite pathetic actually."

    It's been circulating around the internet that TeamRomney is paying bloggers and providing them with talking points. Might want to up the ante on how much he's paying you. You are worth every penny.

    May 10, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    California Conservative projected:

    Democrats reneging and they play ignorant.

    Ignorance is the democrats best trait. Quite pathetic actually.
    ----------------------
    Were not California conservatives running the show as the state slid into deeper and deeper into budget deficits?

    May 10, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  23. Bill

    @California Conservative-

    No argument here. You simply are uninformed and need to get your facts straight. Thanks for playing.

    May 10, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  24. Bill

    @California Conservative-

    No argument here. You simply are uninformed and need to get your facts straight. Thanks for playing, as they say in California.

    May 10, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  25. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    We've spent more than $15 TRILLION over the years on the War on Poverty. Still there as if nothing was spent.

    Yet the Democrats think we need to spend more and more on free housing, free day care, free food, free healthcare, free drugs, free cars, free cell phones, free education,free loans,free retirement...

    May 10, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
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