Cheney to visit Capitol Hill to discuss defense cuts
July 16th, 2012
07:28 PM ET
9 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. Marie MD

    Keep reminding us that this is what lots of money and a fantastic health care plan gives you.
    A guy who should have dropped dead decades ago but, I was going to say his heart but he doesn't have one, he keeps going and going and going.
    Is he taking anyone caged bird hunting? Wasn't he wheeled out of DC almost four years ago? Why is he crawling back with the rest of the mutants?

    July 16, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  2. sick of republican phonies

    When I see that twisted, evil face of his I want to puke.

    July 16, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  3. cathy

    I have no respect for this man or his opinions. I really hoped that he, like GW, would just fade away quietly. Our country has had enough of his lies and war mongering, way too much military influence from a draft dodger.

    July 16, 2012 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  4. stars

    This is the death of the gop.

    July 16, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  5. Expat American

    Eichmann and Himmler.

    July 16, 2012 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  6. don in albuquerque

    Absolutely disgusting that any one in this country would give this war criminal five minutes of their time.

    July 16, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  7. ZedATL

    But these cuts were part of the budget deal last year. Or more precisely, the lack thereof. 😛

    July 16, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  8. Bill

    Bottom line – the GOP agreed to these cuts after they nearly drove the economy over athe edge last year. Tough. ANd of course, they are foolishly trying to blame it on th e president. Deal with it. And do they really think bringing this addled, arrogant reprobate to Capitol Hill wil do anything productive? I am afraid not folks. A party lacking direction, purpose, comportment and completely devoid of a message.

    July 16, 2012 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  9. ted

    And while you are at it Darth Vader, thank the American people for paying for your new heart, not that you had one before.

    July 16, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  10. artraveler

    Oh, we must be getting near some of Cheney's investments, besides Halliburton. The House couldn't do theri job and make the cuts. The Defense budget is up 100% over 2001. We spend more than the next 14 countries combined and we are overloaded with high-end military personnel. Get rid (retire) a bunch of generals and admirals and get the force down to what the Republicans are willing to pay for without cuitting social spending since all of the major problems were caused by their party.

    July 16, 2012 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  11. Lando

    Hey...guys I still have the stake at Haliburton...don't ever..ever.ever touch the military dare you..
    Don't your remember??? Iraq....I love the military....its my major source of livelihood..Yours truly Dick...

    July 16, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  12. Dick Cheney is the smegma of mankind!

    Always amazes me that this 5 time draft dodger can still get an ear at the Pentagon, not to mention he was SOD.

    Must be going so he can impart to Team Robme how to trump up an issue, so you can push through no-bid contracts for your old business "cronies".

    July 16, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  13. skarphace

    If Republicans didn't want to be in the position of having to reneg on their deal to cut defense spending, then they should not have put themselves in the position of having to make that deal in the first place.

    Everybody knew the debt ceiling would eventually be increased. Republicans shot themselves in the foot by trying to use the debt ceiling as a bargaining tool.

    July 16, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  14. Flagship, NC

    Stay strong! You know what you are doing. In the long run, it is a win, win for the USA.
    We need more people like you in govenment.

    July 16, 2012 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  15. AK-steve

    Oh great... they are going to take tips from the king of not compromising. The GOP is becoming so right-leaning that they are going to start arguing that the world is flat and the earth is the center of the universe. Any books about or by Columbus and Galileo will be burned and if you are caught with one you will have to wear a scarlet letter.

    The new GOP is going backwards in time – no flux capacitor needed.

    July 16, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  16. ED FL

    Just another DEADBEAT GOP politician that is going over his past which is full of failures. He will fit right in with Boehner ans his sissy assistant Cantor. This will make a great photo opportunity.Most all of the GOP failures that are in the house now and its past failures.Maybe that photo could go up on MT RUSHMORE.

    July 16, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  17. Donkey Party

    The Capitol police should shoot Cheney on sight for the war criminal he is.

    July 16, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  18. Mike in Texas

    Stay away Dick. You are more unpopular than Congress

    July 16, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  19. aaron

    Cheney must be trolling to manufacture another war. He and the other Haliburton billionaires must be hurting for more blood money.

    July 16, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  20. anthony78

    So Republicans went back on their word, and now they refuse to cut any of the defense budgets.
    I guess this means they'll try to cut even more from the middle class to pay for yet another war. I wonder who it'll be this time.. Iran? China? Russia? Argentina? South Korea? All the above?

    July 16, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  21. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The Department of Defense needs to have a better set of books. There are so many ways that money has been paid for equipment and other items that are either late or completely non-functional. This is something that is tantamount to fraud. I would hope that people would get this and have the DoD get a better way to track how money goes out.

    July 16, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  22. CoJo

    I thought GOP & Romney wanted to get rid of government waste. Well they just spent $52,000,000 voting on something (ACA) that they knew was going to fail. Just think how many police that could fund, or firemen or teachers or gone towards cancer research... Way to go GOP!!! The $52M figure came from Scott Pelley

    July 16, 2012 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  23. DixonIV

    Haliburton can't be in finacial trouble already, can they? I guess they did lose that base in Iraq that Cheny and McCane wanted that would be there 50 years.

    July 17, 2012 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  24. hhn

    Ofcourse Cheney wants more defence budget. Haliburton did not give him 200million parachutes for nothinfg. He needs to continue to prove that he is a good nvestment even after Iraq war allowed HB to relocate it's head quarters to the UAE.

    July 17, 2012 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  25. Squigman

    One of the most, if not the most unneeded thing to happen since he was elected V.P.. Sent this war monger away, where all war criminals reside. Obscurity.

    July 17, 2012 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
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