House Republicans unveil dramatic spending cuts
February 11th, 2011
11:25 PM ET
12 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. John

    They are getting ready to play the government shut down card again. It's a phony crisis.

    February 11, 2011 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  2. normajean

    How about cutting the salaries of all Republican politicians., cancelling their medical and reviewing their pensions. They aren't working very hard anyway because we know they haven't seen one bill to fruition in the last two years. They are drastically over paid.All they've done is block any move to improve the lives of our citizens and done a lot of talking about what they want to change but no ideas as to what they have to replace these changes.This is getting our country NOWHERE!!!

    February 11, 2011 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  3. the man

    We are broke...

    February 11, 2011 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  4. Catherine Locke

    I think we should cut the House Replublicans salaries in half and take a way all their health benefits.

    February 11, 2011 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  5. mark clancey

    How much could we save if we just reduced our Navy by one aircraft carrier?
    Why is our navy larger than the next 13 largest navys combined?
    Instead we cut out head start and PBS.
    Sorry Congress you got no brains and no balls.

    February 11, 2011 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  6. Ken in NC

    Republicans all say the cuts must be made and their supporters agree until they see their funds drying up. Republicans are wanting to make 100 billion in cuts to programs and those cuts are going to hurt millions of people that will vote in 2012 for Obama but also Republicans refused to raise taxes on the top 1% of the wealthy so even more hurt former middle class Americans will vote for Obama in 2012. I'm proud of the Republican party because frankly, I worried about how my spineless Democrats could retake the House in 2012 but Republicans have come through for me and cut their own throats. Congratulations Republicans. In this Congress thanks to Republicans and the Tea Party there will be more one term Republicans than at any time in the history of our country.

    February 11, 2011 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  7. Sally Li

    Too little and too late. We need the legislation which created the U.S. Department of Eduction REPEALED.

    February 11, 2011 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  8. Mike

    The middle class and rising lower class in this country needs to wake up to the Republican threat to it. Tax cuts to the richest, while cutting education programs and programs to help those further themselves. We'll continue though to wage wars at remarkable costs while neglecting our infrastructure and people. Pathetic!

    February 11, 2011 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  9. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    Of course these political misfits have their $170,000 a year salaries, nearly free health care so they won't feel any of the pain they are willing to inflict on the rest of us. They are disgusting, mean-spirited, pieces of thoughtless mopes that are not worth a pile of day-old dog doo.

    February 11, 2011 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  10. Mikey

    Looks like a partisan political hit list disguised as budget cuts. We cannot balance the budget without increasing taxes AND cutting military, some of the big three entitlements; social security, medicare, and medicaid. Anyone who tells you we can is flat out lying to you.

    February 11, 2011 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  11. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    P.S. Michelle B., are you listening?

    February 11, 2011 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  12. Oodoodanoo

    "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."

    But don't cut the ag subdidies. Those recipients vote, after all. And darn it, it's NOT welfare!

    February 11, 2011 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  13. Marcus14006

    They should have started with the $850 BILLION dollars budgeted for tax cuts for the rich. What a bunch of freakin' hypocrites.

    February 11, 2011 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  14. Virginia Voter

    I see no agricultural subsidies got the axe – a curious choice since those mostly end up in the pockets of rich corporations. I guess only programs that affect real people and the quality of life in this country are eligible for the Republican's budget axe. No word on cuts to the bloated military either, or consideration of just eliminating that neurotic failure called the Department of Homeland Security.

    February 11, 2011 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  15. RG

    How about stopping the wars? These guys want to bring us to a 3rd world status.

    February 11, 2011 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  16. chris

    So, let me get this straight: we're slashing our domestic budget to help defray the "costs" associated with allowing the rich to maintain their tax bracket advantages. Sa-weeeeet!!!!

    February 11, 2011 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  17. Jack Cardwell

    Hello Egypt we are right behind you. Except we will demand every friggin Republican leave the country.

    February 12, 2011 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  18. lol

    im fine with most of them except the environmental ones. they need to stop ignoring the fact that its a growing problem

    February 12, 2011 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  19. Tyler Durden

    Well, is the middle class gonna sit in their fat a*s*es and take this, or are we gonna have the wealthy continue to scoff, "Let them eat cake..."?

    PS Why don't we fire the off shore drilling "inspectors" that sat idly by while BP blew itself up? They were probably getting 2 paychecks anyway.

    February 12, 2011 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  20. Theone

    Cut some off the defense budget and stop wasting money in Afghanistan. How much have we spent because a few thousand people died on 9/11? Too much.

    February 12, 2011 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  21. Stephen Singer

    These cuts are no where near dramatic or huge. They are lonely about 6% the budget the President proposed. It's really chump change. They could do much better by cutting the EPA and Education departments entirely. The EPA in particular is a agency with unlimited power that's out of control.

    February 12, 2011 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  22. Jerry in NC

    Maybe, if they hadn't pushed so hard for tax cuts for the rich, a lot of these spending cuts wouldn't have been "necessary" for the middle and lower class. Yet millions of poor and working class people keep voting these clowns into office who are only interested in protecting the pockets of the wealthy. Wake up americans!

    February 12, 2011 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  23. Root and stem

    Nancy Pelosi is full of shit. Irrational. Hag like. Disgusting.

    February 12, 2011 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  24. dagger2

    I thought we elected these people to create jobs. I'd be shocked if the number of jobs lost with all these cuts could be made up for by the private sector in any reasonable time. Very dangerous cowtowing to the radical right.

    February 12, 2011 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  25. Deephaven

    I hate to think such drastic cuts are necessary. If they are, it's a very, very sad day for the U.S. We used to be a prosperous, wealthy country, but the corporations have shipped our jobs overseas. They'd rather have their factories and workers in communist countries. So, we're now in a race to the bottom. These cuts will certainly affect our future prospects, not to mention basic health, welfare and public safety. With these cuts, we are definitely on the way to being a third world country. I just hope that when people start dropping dead from eating food that wasn't inspected, they'll remember to thank the Republicans.

    February 12, 2011 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
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