House GOP sets vote for spending cuts
January 25th, 2011
02:02 PM ET
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House GOP sets vote for spending cuts

Washington (CNN) - While House Republicans grapple with exactly how much money to try to cut from the federal budget, their leadership announced Tuesday that the first big spending vote will take place sooner than expected – the week of February 14.

The federal government is currently operating under a $1.1 trillion stopgap spending measure that funds departments and programs at largely FY 2010 levels, which expires on March 4.

Republicans have vowed to reduce the level of non-security spending to fiscal 2008 levels, but have not given details on how they plan to do that.

"We have got to stop the criticisms and accusations and act in a responsible way to cut spending and to show the American people that we are going to take this country responsibly into the future. But first things first, we have got to cut spending," Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, told reporters.

Republican leaders are already poised to pass a resolution instructing the House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan to cut spending back to 2008 levels. GOP aides say that is now likely to add up to about $60 billion dollars, since nearly half of the current fiscal year has already elapsed.

They are facing intense pressure from within the GOP party to keep the promise, stated in their so-called "Pledge to America," to cut spending $100 billion this year.

A group of 90 conservative members issued a letter on Monday demanding House Republicans carry though with that election year pledge.

House Speaker John Boehner said those clamoring for more cuts will be given time to make their case, as will those who are opposed.

"I believe it is important as Speaker to allow an open process here in the house, to allow members on both sides of the isle to offer amendments and to allow the house to work its will," Boehner said. "Gone are days of the leadership dictating to the members what they will get to vote on and dictating the outcome."

"Our intention is to let every member on both sides of the political aisle to come forward and offer his or her prescriptions for how we cut spending and reduce the size of government," Cantor added.

House Democrats remain cagey, taking a wait-and-see attitude toward the Republicans' proposals.

"I think you'll see some initiatives from our side as to where we think changes would be appropriate," Hoyer said on Tuesday.

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  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Get ready Americans because if you never knew why Nelson Mandela fought against apartheid you are about to learn when the Republicans pass their cut spending budget. Just to give you a clue what apartheid is, there is no middle class, just the rich and the poor.

    January 25, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  2. Poser

    The GOP plan is to pass a resolution instructing the House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan to cut spending back to 2008 levels. So.....we're not going to tell you what we're going to cut. We're going to give all the power to decide to one person and you should just trust that he will do what is best for everyone. WTF? That's nothing but a power grab by the GOP.

    How can anybody vote on spending cuts when nobody has identified what is going to be cut? They NEVER identify what is going to be cut because that would make them unpopular! Spending cuts are great in the abstract but once you start identifying specifics, people realize it has a direct negative impact on their lives in many cases. Tea Baggers need to be darn careful about what they wish for.

    I am for cutting spending where it makes sense but politicians need to identify the cuts up front for everyone to review before voting on them.

    January 25, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. Whatever

    JOBS JOBS JOBS I guess they forgot that #1 promise!!!!

    How crazy to go through a ceremonial vote on healthcare and not get on the JOBS JOBS JOBS train!!!!

    January 25, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. Tanja

    What happened to JOBS!!!!!!!!!!

    January 25, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. justinbiebermovies

    Spending cuts....sure they are going to announce the creation of a new central bank. goto gaspricenews to read the story.

    January 25, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. stevegee

    Get out the chainsaw and cut the federal government down to size - cut it back to the size intended by The Constitution. Otherwise, it's bankruptcy and we'll all be selling apples on the street corner.

    January 25, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. they call me "tater salad"

    Yep......... Still no jobs!!!!!!.............The ultra-wealthy are getting richer by the minute thanks to the GOP yet, the average joe is still struggling...............This is what you idiots voted for............Enjoy!!

    January 25, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Yep. Cut spending, but don't talk about where...and certainly don't cut some of the crazy defense spending that does to contractors and military industrial complex special interests located in red states. If there's one thing for sure, it's that Lockheed absolutely 100% needed the $218M contract to create new missles designed to take out ships (and therefore of dubious use in our two current wars), which it was just awarded, and that silly things like high speed rail, collapsing bridges, crumbling roads, tunnels to improve traffic, alternative energy, the environment, health care for all, jobs, financial industry oversight, etc etc etc etc etc...none of that freekin matters.

    January 25, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  9. Protect and Defend Freedom of Speech in the USA

    House Democrats remain cagey, taking a wait-and-see attitude toward the Republicans' proposals.
    Sounds like the pouting party of "No spending cut ideas" is keeping silent while the adults make the tough decisions to save this country from financial ruin and Obama's trillion dollar deficits.

    Keep up the good work and cut this budget like everybody else has done to their own. The Democrats "free everything for everybody" days are over. Time for some fiscal reality.

    January 25, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  10. torr42

    This is a great opportunity for the GOP in their new position of leadership to" lead by example." As the saying goes, "put your money where your mouth is", why not have all members of the GOP, senate included, eliminate all of their "ear marks." Demonstrating their sincerity in their "Pledge to America."

    January 25, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  11. Eric

    Cut social welfare, i mean security, to the ground. The age to collect benefits was originally higher than the average life span. Social security should be just that, security in the event that you live longer than you can work. You should plan your own retirement if you want to retire, it shouldn't be handed to you.

    January 25, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |