House Spending Revolt

From the Washington Times:

The Republican House leadership’s realization that it’s going to have to keep its pledge to trim $100 billion from the federal budget is proof that elections can matter. The GOP‘s fiscal hawks, especially those who joined the ranks after November’s electoral blowout, balked at attempts to pass off a $40 billion cut as sufficient.

“We promised the American people $100 billion in cuts and that is what we need to give them,” freshman Rep. David Schweikert, Arizona Republican, told The Washington Times. “We are devastatingly broke and the only thing that will get us back on the track to fiscal responsibility and economic prosperity is if we cut more and spend less.”

Of course, the last thing a congressional appropriator wants to do is spend less. The committee traditionally has used the public purse as a means of doling out favors to friends. So it’s not surprising that the old guard resisted the full cut. It instead came up with a smaller figure reflecting the difference between a calendar year and a fiscal year. Rank-and-file members quickly realized they’d be hooted off the stage if they attempted to pass such a lame excuse past a Tea Partycrowd.

Read the rest here: House Spending Revolt

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