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. julie

    Their putting an end to programs that help at least two thirds of all americans survive. Their food, shelter and other necessary programs that help people maintain their meager Existance. Their proposed budget cuts are insane.

    February 12, 2011 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  2. traci

    If they want to cut spending then I say cut the overseas spending to other nations. If we can't support our own country WHY support others???? It doesn't make sense.

    February 12, 2011 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  3. Candy Taylor

    Nothing cut for corporations. Just the agencies that regulate our corporations! Tax cuts on the millionaires and billionaires! Please when will we see what the GOP's real agenda is! An uneducated workforce willing to work for low wages and complete destruction of the middle class!

    February 12, 2011 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  4. Jon

    I don't understand why the Dem leadership continually says that we can't cut the budget. We HAVE to; there is no other way to move forward without defaulting
    and becoming a third-world country like our neighbors to the south. It's going to be very painful, but the alternative is so much worse. But you'll never hear them talk about that. Entitlement program sacred cows will eventually destroy us.

    February 12, 2011 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  5. Mr. T

    Keep Israel $$$ and cut cops from streets???

    I wonder why no public figure dares to just suggest (not to mention stop) the cuts of billions in aid to Israel 1st, (and another billion tips for Mubarak that kept peace with Israel)... in addition to giving Israel weapons for cents. Everyone is afraid that media will crash their name if the speak against Israel.
    I may try to understand we give out our citizen's money to Israel when we have extra $cash, but to take down cops of the streets, education, and service, but keep the billions $$$ to support Israel... not so sure.

    February 12, 2011 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  6. ctrlfreq

    we need more tax cuts!

    February 12, 2011 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  7. Mark

    I don't this new round of proposed cuts is going to surprise anyone but its more hot air than real, it'll never survive the Senate vote. As an Indie, I was not surprised either they went hard for the EPA and Education but barely touched a missile in the beloved defense budget. There is nothing new here, they still want the full cuts for their friends and were expected to pay for it – I dont see that any better than the far left thinking they can fund utopia.

    February 12, 2011 07:54 am at 7:54 am |

    Democrats warn that deep spending cuts in the House will make it harder to negotiate with the Senate, led by Democrats.

    2012 will take care of that!

    February 12, 2011 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  9. StopTheMadness

    Correct me if I am wrong.......

    Why do republicans insist on dumbing down Americans instead of raising education levels?
    Why do republicans not care about American citizens but would rather see a sick man dying than lose a dollar?

    I am confused about this yes our budget is out of control but the last thing a smart person would want is to jeopardize our children's futures to save a dollar.

    February 12, 2011 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  10. JustHuman51

    I love it! "If we don't do something now, our kids and our grandkids are screwed.." Well hello, what about the one totally useless war (Iraq) that we've been involved in for years and years?'ve already screwed every American, living and unborn with that one. How much did it cost? What did it achieve? Whose lack of lack of governance over Wall Street caused this whole situation to begin with? YOU DID GOPPERS! By the way, you screwed the world with that one. One last much will you cut from the defense budget over the next decade?

    February 12, 2011 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  11. Damien

    How awful. I understand the need to reduce expenditures, but at the sake of neglecting the poor? Reducing food safety? Fewer cops on the street? Cutting education? Sorry, this $300k+ household would be happy to pay pre-Bush tax rates. Noblesse ( now = wealth ) oblige !

    February 12, 2011 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  12. Belinda R Higgins

    The Republicans promised, during campaign season, to make "creating jobs" their number one priority. How is this totally irresponsible proposal in budget cuts supposed to fulfill that promise??? If they get their way with this budget, thousands of teacher, firefighters, police, construction workers, etc will LOSE their jobs.

    February 12, 2011 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  13. lgny

    The notion of budget cuts is good and necessary. It's too bad they are playing politics as usual. For example, in the Agriculture cuts, they chop food safety, FDA, food aid to needy women and children, but there is no mention here of reducing or eliminating farm subsidies since agribusiness is a traditional Republican supporter.

    If the cuts are to be realistic, they must impact on all groups, not just the other party's friends and issues.

    February 12, 2011 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  14. Bill

    Medicare 50 billion, Medicaid 50billion, Social Security 50 billion and Defense – 300 billion – There is 500 billion and we don't have to worry about what we eat!

    February 12, 2011 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  15. JD

    Here we go again. The same people who voted these idiots in office are going to be the first ones whining about all the programs that get cut. Well what did you expect?

    February 12, 2011 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  16. Duane in st.Pete FL

    Wow, that's a novel idea, don't spend more than bring in.........cut up the credit cards libs!!!!!

    February 12, 2011 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  17. David

    About time 🙁

    February 12, 2011 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  18. steve c

    W Bush put us in
    this mess, and
    now Republicans
    need to cut back?
    People, open your

    February 12, 2011 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  19. Annette

    No commemnts,I wonder why.

    February 12, 2011 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  20. Roxanne

    They instead should of raised taxes on the rich! Now they will cut from the poor and middle class! Class act for the Republicans.

    February 12, 2011 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  21. A

    omg, i cannot stand republicans!

    February 12, 2011 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  22. Van

    Great, they're taking seriously the public's concern for out of control Federal government spending, but where may I ask are cuts to their salaries and perks? What's good for the goose is good for the gander!

    February 12, 2011 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  23. Laura


    February 12, 2011 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  24. Aarrgghh

    It seems a bit disingenuous when you just awarded the richest in this country a huge tax giveback, and all of these cuts affect only the poor and middle class families. And by the way your "kids and grand-kids" pay nothing for anything as they are also rich like you.. You are insincere at the very least and working class people are sick and tired of your type collecting record profits while WE are in a recession. If "we all" need to take the hit for this, then is it not time for YOUR income bracket to begin kicking something in? You can start with those multi million dollar tax givebacks we extended for you.

    February 12, 2011 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  25. Clwyd

    Boner Boehner and Cantor are right wing nuts. Maybe a little more booze and nicotine will help? Where are the cuts for the Pentagon and the military ? These cuts were suppose to be on the table too, but so far cuts in social programs only? How much more will they give to corporations, big business, big oil, big Wall Street and to big insurance over the American peoples needs? The republican party has been bought out by right wing nuts that support wars and business!

    February 12, 2011 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
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