House cuts federal spending by $61.5 billion

By Reuters
Saturday, February 19, 2011 12:48 EDT
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Medicare, Medicaid remain untouched

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives on Saturday approved legislation to cut federal spending deeply through September, a plan that is sure to be stopped by President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats in the Senate.

The Republican-backed bill is a challenge to Obama to show he is serious about closing record budget deficits and sets up the possibility of government shut downs if a compromise is not worked out by March 4, when current funding expires.

On a largely partisan vote of 235-189, House Republicans passed the bill to cut spending by about $61.5 billion from current levels, marking a victory for Tea Party conservatives elected in November.

It would slash spending on many domestic programs by 14 percent, but leave untouched some of the biggest budget items including the Social Security pension program and the Medicare and Medicaid healthcare programs for the elderly and poor.

House Speaker John Boehner said the legislation was part of Republican efforts “to liberate our economy from the shackles of out-of-control spending.”

But Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said the Republican-backed bill would damage the economy.

“They have made matters worse – passing a spending bill that destroys jobs, weakens the middle class, hurts schools and young adults, eliminates assistance to homeless veterans, and diminishes critical investments in our future,” Pelosi said.

Obama has outlined his own plan for less severe spending cuts in 2012, and has warned that tightening the belt too much too soon could harm the slow economic recovery.

Boehner called on Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid to arrange an immediate Senate vote on the House-passed bill.

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  • Anonymous

    I can understand not voting for Obomber. I can’t understand not voting at all and letting the tea-baggers take over like they did. Americans must be more discouraged than ever thanks to Obomber…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lon-Warneke/1409625620 Lon Warneke

    As America circles the drain it has devolved to the point of having no effective political solution for anything..­.
    There will continue to be ZERO EVOLUTION of the political process in this nation as long as the voters continue to exchange one inept political party for another inept political party while expecting different results.

  • Anonymous

    Why is bloated defense not the first on the chopping block? Our so called enemies are on the other side of the earth. Why do we need 700 bases on foreign soil? Close Them. Bring ALL our troops home. Cut defense by at least 50%.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s look at the cuts item by item when the republican leadership finally decides to make them available and see what some local heroes voted for and against.

    I bet old “Dr NO” is voting “Yes” like a crazy man on damn near everything now!

  • Anonymous

    Does our country need money? Then get the fuck out of Iraq and Afghanistan!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3NVQSZZC5IM66JEOCSFJUV7FCE Jacques G

    Well, Boehner is acting like the true Pest Control guy he once was; kill off all those pesky liberal programs, get rid of all those vermin Middle Class and make sure the rich continue their unabashed squandering lifestyle free of all those lib’rul DemocRATS…then sit back and have a little TEA. CLARK! We need you!!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3NVQSZZC5IM66JEOCSFJUV7FCE Jacques G

    Nope just deluded and mis-led like someone… and now they’s gonna be REGRETFUL.

  • gypski®

    And they didn’t cut their pay one fucking dime did they??? Talk about sacrifice, these pricks don’t know what the word means.

  • Anonymous

    The Republican-backed bill is a challenge to Obama to show he is serious about closing record budget deficits and sets up the possibility of government shut downs if a compromise is not worked out by March 4, when current funding expires

    The above has been the game plan all along. The plan to shut down the government in hopes that Obama will cave in. The exact same game was played on Clinton.

    Clinton held out and the public went with Clinton forcing the Republicans to give up and start government back up again.

    March 4 will be hear real soon. Less than two weeks away.

    Notice: Republicans has wasted taxpayers money so far doing nothing about creating jobs. They have attacked Planned Parenthood, wasted millions of dollars reading the Constitution and the Republicans screwed up that, so far bread and circus, now on March 4 without doing a damn thing about jobs Republicans will shut down government.

    Walker of Wisconsin in case anyone hasn’t heard was supposed to have Wisconsin state budget ready last November. He has asked for an extenstion. He had time to go on television and do his propaganda. Ask yourself why the Republicans want to push this attack the workers bill before showing the People of Wisconsin the budget? Why are the Republicans stalling on the budget, yet rushing on the attack the workers bill? Dirty Tricky Dicky Tricks is it? How can you claim to be a Representative if you have to do Dirty Tricky Dicky Tricks on the People?

    Well the Republican Dirty Tricky Dicky Trick is coming to a media oulet near you when you hear how screwed you are because the Republicans are going to hold the government hostage this March 4 and keep it hostage until the crooks get their way.

  • Anonymous

    theses people are worthless…. repel them all

  • parrots_abound

    While Obama allocates 44 Billion for body scanners?


  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/42THFKXIPMJHQBIH6OPI4RVIDY Thebes

    What would you say about a neighbor who spends 50% of his paycheck on guns, ammo and camouflaged toys while his children go hungry and half-naked?

    We need to cut spending, our spending and even our tax rates are NOT sustainable.
    But we could start by cutting all these damned wars and our “national security” budget.
    Just cutting out more purchases of naked body scanners would have done almost as much as the Rethugs attempt at eviscerating social services.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/42THFKXIPMJHQBIH6OPI4RVIDY Thebes

    Because the Military Industrial complex and the Banksters own both of our mainstream parties.
    Anyone opposed to “national security” hates America and “is an extremist”. Just listen to your tv programming.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Is that a tear I see rolling down Boner’s cheek?

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Well, that would depend, see on whether I am a Democrat, a Republican, a Teabagger or…

  • Johnny Warbucks

    The above has been the game plan all along. The plan to shut down the government in hopes that Obama will cave in.

    Or the most transparent coup in the history of mankind.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Don’t forget: tax the church, abolish the MIC, stop giving Israel 3+ billion taxpayer dollars per year. All that adds up to probably more than the deficit.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Voting stopped meaning anything right around 1999 when it was established that he who casts the vote does not count but he who counts the vote wins.

  • Anonymous

    $61 billion is nothing compared to the $trillion we spend on unnecessary wars. None of their cuts effect the deficit. They are just going after social services the way shitheads do.

  • PartisansBlow

    Shut down the government? That sounds like a great permanent plan.

  • Richard

    I think voters, in general, are lazy and really don’t pay attention until they’re directly affected, which, of course, is too late. Folks that take advantage of government programs for food, school, social security, Medicare, etc., should have been out in droves in the last election voting to Democrats, knowing that if they weren’t the conservatives would win…. and as we all sadly know, thats exactly what happened. Basically, its a sort of a ….. you get what you deserve moment to all those that failed to pay attention.

  • Richard

    Republicans and tea partiers are working to destroy the middle class in America. The really odd thing is that middle class Republicans are actually helping the Republican elitists (politicians, bankers, wall street CEOs, etc.) destroy the middle class…. it’s amazing…… look at what’s happening in Wisconsin….. once the Republicans are successful at destroying and dissolving the unions in this country they will have realized one of their major dreams……. and social security and Medicare will not be far behind. And the voters can’t get enough of these conservatives…LOL …… . it’s astonishing.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    At this rate they can give another tax cut to themselves and their donors.

  • http://www.BaltimoreGreenCurrency.org Shrapnel

    Billions on porno scanners, billions on drugs, billions on Al-CIAda, tens of billions on propping up fascist dictators, hundreds of billions on bombs and guns, and trillions on corporate welfare. A budget only an oligarch could love.

  • Anonymous

    cost of war .com.

    Also if you have the time , watch the youtube video by searching with the following title:
    “Operation in Afghanistan is rooted in Israel”
    You will get a Russia Today interview with former U.S. Air Force officer Karen Kwiatkowsk, who is also a former Pentagon official.

  • Anonymous

    How are historically low tax rates on the rich unsustainable?

  • Anon 7777

    These cuts represent a full frontal assault on our environment and health of our population. We have a group of men that are destroying our country 99% to save the 1%.ruling class. This must be stopped. They must be stopped.

    Democrats are not the solution.
    Revolution is the only solution!

  • Anonymous

    Did Eric Cantor allow JB to cut the billions of taxpayers money given Israel evry year?

  • Anonymous

    If the Tea Party/GOP Congressional budget cutters want to be taken seriously they need to start by cutting their government subsidized health care. Show us you are serious and willing to share the sacrifice. Pay 100% of your health care coverage.

  • Anonymous

    If the Democrats had come out and voted in favor of more Democrats…not less…it’s possible (almost with certainity) Obama might (probably would) have been pushed off center, to the LEFT..instead of off center, to the RIGHT..(but they were “mad” at the President..wonder how they feel about it now..?) in case you were born to late to actually have sat in a Civics class in High School (Reagan Administration took Civics out of the class room curriculum) you might have realized all the President has to fight back with is, the bully pulpit and a veto pen…he does not get to write or vote on legislation….and he is presently out numbered,…the House is where all spending legislation is passed and/or committed to various projects..the Senate either rejects the spending or passes it (Senate can not write spending legislation either)…THEN it goes to the Presidents desk…he can veto it…but the House (Senate) can override his veto…with enough GOP Congressional members (2/3)…they will…blaming the President for it all, doesn’t work, the numbers don’t add up..the Democrats never had a filibuster proof majority…and the GOP used the filibuster on every thing they opposed…which was every thing the Democrats tried to pass….they used reconcilliation once…for the Health Care bill…they are allowed to use reconcilliation on only budget legistration, and only once in during the “Congressional sessions” once in every Senate term… if those who didn’t vote because they were mad had actually kept informed on what was really happening, some Civics…or something…they might have realized that more abd better Democrats were needed, not less, if they really wanted those “changes” to occur..teaching “them” a lesson by not voting..is now backfiring on them…and they are STILL trying to blame some else…(the President and the Democrats)

  • Anonymous

    Instead of defunding programs that help people, how about we defund those that hurt people. I’m thinking the TSA, and Homeland Security could be the first to go.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    Cut Defense by 50%. And cut Congressional salaries, medical and retirement by 80%. Hang all attorneys and lobbyists in DC, and within a radius of 25 miles. I would call that a good start.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    What about other foreign aid?

  • Anonymous

    All foreign aid. Eric Cantor’s primary interest though as he promosed Bibi Nethanyahu is Israel

  • Anonymous

    Kind of strange that Gore hasn’t run for political office since that election. Maybe you have it backwards and the Supreme Court got it right; Gore tried to steal an election and got caught…… No more public office for Gore because the GOP has the dirt on him.

  • Anonymous

    Nobody is facing a herd of elephants in the room. The wars and the tax cuts were major contributors to the Bush crash. Does anybody face tax cuts and war? Only to offer more tax cuts and more war. If the tea party really were interested in smaller government, they should go for the jugular, the black budget. That single item would equal the amount they have cut now, and it is likely to end up with civilian government regaining power over foreign policy.
    We have gunmen engaged in at least a dozen wars, and many of them are secretly financed. These nuts cut from pittances, and the article talks like they missed an opportunity by not cutting social security and medicare. The opportunities they missed are the big money, war, oil subsidy, getting stuck with the bill in the gulf, taxing wall st bonuses as wages.

  • Anonymous

    Tea baggers wanted change, and they thought they were voting for something new. I wonder how many have figured out they were duped. The Koch family used them, the republican party used them, Dick Army used them, Carl Rove used them, the pig governor of Wisconsin used them. Did they really want to support war on the working people? I don’t think they did. Did they really mean to vote for endless war?

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Neither has Ross Perot. Maybe the Bush clan castrated both of them.