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. HarryJohnson

    first post?

    February 12, 2011 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  2. Jeremy

    So they want to cut spending to the EPA programs whose research may save our children and make us a more self reliant country. They want to cut funding for head start education too?! Why not cut military spending? Why not get rid of homeland security? Why not cut funding for the DEA's ineffective "war on drugs"?

    February 12, 2011 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  3. jl taylor

    Republicans will guide the country back inti recession.

    February 12, 2011 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  4. AMERICA 1st

    Pelosi needs to be cut from office. shes a true nut case!

    February 12, 2011 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  5. jaysunstar

    Republicans are just digging their own grave. They are cutting all the things that voters are counting on and keeping programs that have nothing to do with our every day way of life and benefit only the rich.

    February 12, 2011 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  6. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    2010 Vote for we will give you jobs

    2011 Thanks for voting "YOUR FIRED"

    Hope you idiots fell good. You get what you deserve for vote for these idiots.

    February 12, 2011 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  7. pjoesmith

    Come on GOP. Get serious. 100 billion? That's all? We need to cut at least 10 times before we even get close to doing something helpful. Quit talking about reducing the deficit and start talking about eliminating it now. If you are clueless about what to cut ... just put Clinton's last budget on Obama's desk. Deficit spending needs to be outlawed. ... we need to start paying down on the debt ASAP. Make a stand and invest in the future of our children ... submit a balanced budget this year!

    February 12, 2011 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  8. Andy

    People will not be happy? I think the point is people will suffer, both in the short and long term with this "cut all spending" republicant nonsense. The real solution to our economic problems, and the "budget crisis" is to end tax loopholes, and fund the things that in the long term will make a difference. Deferred maintenance is one sure way to kill something, and that is what these people want for our country it seems.

    – A

    February 12, 2011 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  9. Sam

    I can understand cutting some spending programs, such as high speed rail, etc. But cutting spending related to anything education? So they want to cut Teach For America which takes some of our countries brightest and most motivated young professionals who are willing to work the toughest teaching assignments with at risk kids, but give the richest of the rich increased tax cuts. How does that logic work in trying to make our country better?

    February 12, 2011 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  10. flipper

    We are spending around 140 Billion a year on Afghanistan and Iraq. Let's keep doing that because that is "protecting our freedom" and instead what do they want to cut? COPS! FDA, Education, Help for farmers.
    Screw you disgusting self rightious Republican pigs.

    February 12, 2011 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  11. F-ing GOP!

    If the GOP hadn't given away so much money in tax cuts to the rich, our kids wouldn't have to have their education cut. I'll never vote GOP again.

    February 12, 2011 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  12. Pad

    It's easy to list budget cuts to all these programs when everyone, including those suggesting the cuts, knows that the cuts will never happen. But, this particular ploy comes across as blatant political grandstanding that will make the Republicans look petty and irrational.

    February 12, 2011 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  13. mr johnson


    February 12, 2011 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  14. bobden

    First cuts should be at least 30% off congresional pay and perks and staff.
    Next, get rid of the tax gifts to oil and gas businesses.
    Next to cut, subsidies to big farming businesses. (not small farmers.)
    And there are more.

    February 12, 2011 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  15. independent

    Finally republicans actually do something! Great to see though obviously painful to lose program funding. I just wish they would consider cutting more from so called defense spending

    February 12, 2011 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  16. Todd

    The total spending cuts add up to $60 billion? That's a big deal, very tea Baggy; thats like American's cutting one light bulb out of our home for 500 years to see a result. What about TAXES you know, to pay off this mess Reagan and Co put us in for the last 25 years? Clinton and Obama sold us too on this mess. Give me Bobby Kennedy risen from the dead!

    February 12, 2011 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  17. bobden

    I forgot to mention the enormous gift to the richest people in our country.

    February 12, 2011 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  18. Texas Doc

    You mean the Tea Party decided this. The GOP died years ago. Welcome to the 21st man.

    February 12, 2011 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  19. jl taylor

    The republican congressional members must consider that as they live comfortably with their large government guarnateed
    salaries and health care. The budjet decisions they make directly and severely affect the daily lives of the poor and middle class, many of whom are as we speak barley holding on to their financial dignity. The poor and middle class make up about 95% of the
    US population but control less than 90% of the nations wealth. Just as huge budjet deficits are bad for the long term health of our
    economy so is the increasing concentration of wealth in the contron of a smaller and smaller super rich class. Long live Egypt.

    February 12, 2011 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  20. Wzrd1

    Cool! No more food grown in the US, it'll all be imported.
    No more food inspections, welcome to food poisoning central for the entire fscking PLANET!
    No more breathable air. That's OK, never trusted air I couldn't see anyway.
    No more health, they're not only attacking universal health care, but health in general. Enjoy the new epidemics!
    I'm taking my Army pension and bailing. These idiots WILL destroy the country.
    I'll also take my permissive action link information with me.
    And my "insurance" packets.

    February 12, 2011 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  21. Gorein2004

    I can tell that this is a republican proposal because there's no mention of making cuts to the bloated military budget.

    February 12, 2011 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  22. jepo

    Right on! About frigging time we slow the insane spending. Notice how the Dems don't want to cut spending? They just want to tax, tax, tax...

    February 12, 2011 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  23. Mitch

    We must fix our country before fixing other nations

    February 12, 2011 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  24. Jaymes

    instead of making spending cuts on the programs that count. why not start in their own pockets...why dont the senate, house of respersantatives, and everyone else in congress take a salary cut,stop wasting money on stupid ideas that don't work,and whatever else they deem is a "must have" spendatures...!

    February 12, 2011 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  25. jepo

    Obama wants to spend billions on high speed rail when the basic infrastructure like roads, bridges, dams etc. Are crumbling. What a moron

    February 12, 2011 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
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