Republicans Back Off Pledge To Cut Budget By $100 Billion
Part of the Republican “Pledge to America” was the vow to cut $100 billion from the federal budget:
If we’ve learned anything over the last two years, it’s that we cannot spend our way to prosperity. We offer a plan to stop out-of control spending and reduce the size of government.
With common-sense exceptions for seniors, veterans, and our troops, we will roll back government spending to pre-stimulus, prebailout levels, saving us at least $100 billion in the first year alone and putting us on a path to balance the budget and pay down the debt.
But that’s not working out so well for Republicans who are now backing off that pledge (h/t firedoglake). They are weaseling away from the pledge by claiming that a full 2011 budget wasn’t enacted; rather, there was a stopgap spending bill; thus, they don’t have to live up to their promise.
They say the GOP will remain true to its pledge to try to return non-security discretionary spending to 2008 levels, but that their pledges to reduce the budget by $100 billion do not apply to the budget being developed for the second half of fiscal 2011, which ends Sept. 30.
And it’s the Democrats’ fault, according to a spokesman for the House Budget Committee:
“Unfortunately, Democrats refused to take action and oversaw an unprecedented breakdown in the budget process, with stopgap spending bills that provide a different benchmark than President Obama’s initial fiscal plan.Click here for reuse options!
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