Cheney to visit Capitol Hill to discuss defense cuts
July 16th, 2012
07:28 PM ET
2 years ago

Cheney to visit Capitol Hill to discuss defense cuts

Washington (CNN) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney is coming back to his old stomping grounds in the House of Representatives on Tuesday to highlight the impact that the automatic spending cuts to defense programs will have next year, according to two senior GOP leadership aides.

Cheney is scheduled to attend the weekly leadership meeting with House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and other top elected leaders and then will meet with the full House GOP whip team led by Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-California, to discuss strategy for how to deal with the automatic cuts to defense programs that were included as part of the debt deal last summer.

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Cheney served in the House and was elected the House Republican Whip in 1989 briefly, before he was tapped to serve as Secretary of Defense under President George H.W. Bush.

"The former Vice President and Secretary of Defense obviously has valuable perspective on the devastating impact of President Obama's defense sequester," one senior GOP leadership aide told CNN.

The majority of House Republicans voted for the debt deal that put in place a series of across-the-board spending cuts after a congressional super committee failed to reach a compromise on a comprehensive deficit reduction plan. Republicans have been working on a plan to replace the cuts to defense programs – which account for half of the overall $110 billion in cuts.

The House GOP budget that passed earlier this year did away with the cuts just to the defense programs, but that budget failed to move ahead in the Democratic-led Senate. This week the House is scheduled to vote on a bill, called the "Sequestration Transparency Act," which requires the president to deliver a detailed plan to Congress showing which federal accounts will be subject to cuts. A similar measure already passed the Senate.

On Monday a top Senate Democrat, Patty Murray, said in a speech Democrats are willing to let the automatic cuts go into effect, and allow the Bush-era tax cuts to expire at the end of the year if the GOP continues to refuse to discuss any deficit cutting plan that includes new taxes.

"If Republicans won't work with us on a balanced approach, we are not going to get a deal," Murray said in a speech at the Brooking Institution.

Politico first reported on Cheney's visit to Capitol Hill.


Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • Department of Defense • Dick Cheney • House
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Logic N LA

    The GOP should have thought about the potenial cuts before they stalled talks last year.
    They lose on their pet spending projects just like those of us that care about education, healthcare and art will lose.

    July 16, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  2. TAK

    If the Republican-Tea Party is so concerned about these cuts, why couldn't they reach an agreement with the Dems to avoid this entire fiasco when the so-called "Super-committee" was trying to work things out. As I recall, the Republican members walked out several times. They knew if there was no agreement that these Draconian cuts would go into effect. Well, they didn't agree, the cuts are going into effect, and now the Republicans are whining to high heaven about it. Seems like these guys want it all their way.

    July 16, 2012 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  3. Larry L

    Is Cheney worried there might not be enough money left to give Halliburton sweetheart deals – only for them to cheat us in delivery of the products? Is he worried Republicans won't be able to cook up some cherry-picked intelligence data and start a war? He knows the kids in "his class' won't be asked to die. Cheney should be in prison.

    July 16, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  4. tony

    Why is this moron getting involved with anything going on capital hill

    July 16, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  5. dreamer96

    Gee I hope Dick Cheney remembers his top secret hand shake..or the top secret guys in Washington DC will not be sharing the latest secrets with him.....

    The modern day Milo Minderbinder is going back to Washington DC...I hope everyone takes a little time to watch "Catch 22", before they have a meeting with Dick Cheney...and check your wallet afterwards..

    July 16, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  6. normajean @ verizon ,com

    I never liked hearing the words defence, Cheney and finances in the same sentence. I remember back to the war in Iran when millions of dollars in cash were sent to Iraq and strangely disappeared. We heard about it happening at the time but never heard what happened to all that money...... I do,however
    believe Cheney knew exactly where it went!!!!!!

    July 16, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  7. Mike

    The Repubs are the ones who held the debt-ceiling increase hostage to their teabagger demands. The Repubs forced the creation of the sequestation deal. The Repubs are the ones who caused the failure of the 12-member bipartisan committee. And it's the Repubs who are crying about the bitter pill that they created and now don't want to swallow. Someone please explain to me how they are working for us.

    July 16, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  8. normajean @ verizon ,com

    Excuse me....In previous comment.......I meant to say IRAQ !!!

    July 16, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  9. Slightly Left of Center

    "The former Vice President and Secretary of Defense obviously has valuable perspective.... OHhhhh, I bet he does. I'm sure he'll advise them to steer more of that "valuable perspective" to Halliburton.

    July 16, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  10. Everythingdies

    Heartless mean old man, take mittens hunting

    July 16, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  11. Norvy

    So let me get this straight: the person, who caused massive defense budget spending, will visit Capital Hill to talk about what?

    July 16, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  12. Mack

    Returning to the scene of the crime. Haven't you done enough damage you chicken hawk?

    July 16, 2012 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  13. lib

    All the republicans think about is war war war. Bush/Cheney spent billions of our tax money on wars, Cheney made money on the deaths of thousands of Americans. THe man is truly evil! Instead of helping the people in this country whose lives they destroyed they continue to want to spend out tax money in wars! What kind of people would continue to vote for these evil people?

    July 16, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  14. Thomas

    Cheney is scheduled to attend the weekly leadership meeting with House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and other top elected leaders.

    Just like old times !

    Feb 2, 2010 – It didn't matter to Republicans when they were in power. Then Vice President Dick Cheney famously said, "Reagan proved deficits don't matter.

    July 16, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  15. go

    dick cheney- please don,t take the food out of my childrens mouth

    July 16, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  16. g

    cheneys foreign company haliburton -must have sent him a memo

    July 16, 2012 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  17. Jerubbaal

    This move smacks of desperation if the GOP House is willing to place Cheney, the most secretive and hated VP ever, into the voters awareness. Especially with all of the issues that their presidential candidate is having concerning his secrecy with his tenure at Bain and the release of his taxes. They are just plain idiots to remind the voters of the 8 years of he?? and pain under W and Cheney.

    July 16, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  18. Martha in CF

    Hopefully the redumblicans get a little taste of the word NO from the democrats. The redumblicans have dug themselves in the hole and the Cheney won't help them one bit!!!!!

    July 16, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  19. Jane

    He's coming back to the scene of the crime, er, I mean, back to Capital Hill to do whatever he can to protect Halliburton and other of his financial interests, to make sure he still gets a cut of the profits that came from playing cowboys, and providing damaged and dangerous supplies (remember the guys electrocuted in their defective showers?).

    July 16, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  20. yogi

    Cheney, we had enough of your war mongering. You should be in the Hague for war crimes.

    July 16, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  21. Pete

    Why doesn't Cheney go home and baby that new heart of his,its something new because as Bushs sidekick he never had a heart and republicans know I'm right.Another wanne be general and Pres.Obama should get rid of his secret service he cried for after leaving office saying he needed extra security because of supposid death threats..Why don't he goes to the Netherlands and straighten out his indictments that are waiting on him and others including Bush,Rice,Gonzales and others from 147 countries on human rights violations they all know they're guilty of!!He's the instagator who started this Iraq mess with lies and should be arrested on sight for the innocents he murdered because of his maniacal plan for his Halliburton to make him wealthy at our military men's,women's expense..He shouldn't be allowed near the Capitol or anywhere else in Washington for that matter,he's a disease that should be eradicated....

    July 16, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  22. Larry L

    He never apologized to the lawyer he shot. I guess when you've been responsible for the deaths of 4,500 Service Members wounding a lawyer is no big deal.

    July 16, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  23. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    So is DICK going to convince the Republiclowns to go back on their word? I think they've already decided to do that... Another principled stance by the lying Republicans!

    July 16, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  24. Hap

    What's he going to say that defense cuts will hurt his investments? He was the worst Sec. of Def. ever! He wondered why we needed Naval Aviation, cancelled most of the aircraft development and production and set Naval Aviation back 20 years. He also ws in charge during the post cold war down sizing, that was really a transfer of government jobs to private companies. He started an illegal war. My favorite though is he had 5 deferments so other people could die in his place. This man should be in jail, yet those idiots bring him in like he's some kind of Yoda, but as we know he's really Darth Vader. He's a coward without honor, just like most of the people he's meeting with.

    July 16, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  25. anagram_kid

    Do you think he will again mention that deficits don't matter?

    July 16, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
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