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Posted at 5:28 PM ET, 03/ 3/2011

House Republicans: We'll cut $2 billion a week until Democrats propose spending plan

By Felicia Sonmez

Ahead of a meeting between congressional leaders and the White House on keeping the federal government funded, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) announced Thursday that the House will continue to pass short-term measures that cut spending at the rate of $2 billion per week until Democrats release their own long-term spending proposal.

Cantor's announcement came during a 25-minute exchange on the House floor with Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) after the chamber voted to repeal the 1099 tax-reporting requirement of the national health-care law.

"We would encourage the Senate and Leader Reid to act so that we can move forward, and until then, Mr. Speaker, I would say to my friend from Maryland that I would expect the House to continue its process of cutting $2 billion per week until we can see where the gentleman's caucus and then the Democratic leader in the Senate is," Cantor said on the House floor.

His comment marked House Republicans' first statement on their strategy going forward since President Obama signed into law on Wednesday a stopgap funding measure that will keep the government running through March 18.

Both sides have stated that they prefer a longer-term funding measure to a series of shorter-term ones, but it remains unclear how much time it will take congressional leaders to work out a compromise on keeping the government funded through the end of the fiscal year in September.

Vice President Biden, White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley and Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew met for just over an hour at the Capitol Thursday afternoon with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

None of the participants commented on the meeting as they left Thursday afternoon; the White House released a one-sentence statement from Biden afterward: "We had a good meeting, and the conversation will continue."

By Felicia Sonmez  | March 3, 2011; 5:28 PM ET
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This Cantor/Ryan duo is a funny one!

Isn't it the Democrats' long-term spending proposal that the Teapublicans are reducing $2 billion from? So what more do the Democrats need to propose?

The Proof of the Pudding of the Teapublicans' threat and its practicality will come very soon.

Posted by: kishorgala | March 3, 2011 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Republicans = The party of no ideas.

What about those jobs Republicans promised they were going to focus on if they got voted in?

Oh right, that was just a scam for votes.

Posted by: lindalovejones | March 3, 2011 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Is it safe to assume then that for the next one year the House will be busy only presenting/debating/passing the $2 Billion per week spending cuts?

Not taking on any other legislation may actually be a good thing!

Posted by: kishorgala | March 3, 2011 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Let's see: The Teapublicans had promised the Lemmings $100 billion in spending cuts during campaigning. That comes to $2 billion per week for one year.

Yup. It is a simple math-based proposal. There is no other rhyme or reason to it.

Simple-minded people think simple.

Posted by: kishorgala | March 3, 2011 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Blindly cutting money from the budget is as stupid as it gets. If you are the leaders, give us your plan and vision. Just making cuts until the other side gives you a plan is as juvenile as it gets, but then nobody said that Boehner had a brain.

Posted by: ronjeske | March 3, 2011 7:35 PM | Report abuse

"we'll cut 2 billion dollars a week until the economy collapse"

Todays right wing is a stupid and self righteous as it is possible to be. If you cannot compromise you are unfit to govern.

Posted by: rapchat1 | March 3, 2011 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Running the budget a week or two at a time is a strategy for ruining the economy. It will create economic chaos, and chaos in governance, as well.

This game is irresponsible. If the Republicans aren't going to do anything reasonable we'll have to deal with the consequences of their proposals being enacted into law, and wrecking the economy for good. There's nothing worse they could do to the economy, except inflate the deficit further, with yet more flagrantly irresponsible tax cuts.

Let this be a lesson to us, on the consequences of electing the infantile to Congress. The House is carrying on the political equivalent of holding their breath til they get their way, and they're a little too cheerful about the thought of choking the life out of our nation.

If these clowns shut the government down for a couple of months, lives will be lost to this political travesty. Deliberately shutting the government down makes the Republicans rightfully accountable for the consequences of that shutdown, and it's murder, if they cut off all the money that flows through the government.

Posted by: lonquest | March 3, 2011 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Good call. It sure beats unveiling the jobs plan long-promised and immediately-jettisoned... It had to have existed, right?

Posted by: Goombay | March 3, 2011 9:07 PM | Report abuse

GOP the party of No Jobs. They are the lap dogs of the rich and powerful. They believe in divine rule and class warfare. They are useful idiots to their masters......

Posted by: johnnyk1 | March 3, 2011 9:45 PM | Report abuse

GOP the party of useful idiots to the rich and powerful who are their Masters.....

Posted by: johnnyk1 | March 3, 2011 9:48 PM | Report abuse

I thought the GOP controlled the House.

Cut Away GOP!

Cut Away!

And when you get through cutting, believe me American's are going to remember who cut off their life lines.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | March 3, 2011 10:04 PM | Report abuse

All of this could have easily been avoided if last summer the Democratic Senate the Democratic House had done the job the taxpayers paid them to do: Approve a budget. Instead they dawdled and calculated and delayed. Now the American people are paying the price for their tactics of delay.

At least the Republicans are doing something rather than sitting on their hands as the Democrats did.

Posted by: MrBethesda | March 3, 2011 11:10 PM | Report abuse

The House won't do jack without compromising with Democrats. Nothing of importance that is. They can waste everyone's time proposing immoral cuts to childhood education and heating oil for the poor while leaving defense, medicare and social security untouched, but those cuts will go no where. I doubt even the House would pass what they're proposing.

And so the Congress will get blamed when the government has to shut down. Clearly it's not Obama's fault that Congress can't send him a budget to sign. When the layoffs in Washington start happening. When Republican Congressmen/women have to start sending their staffers home without pay, then a compromise will be made. This tough talk from House Reps is just hot air meant to show their constituents how tough they are, but when push comes to shove, they'll compromise. It won't take long. Just wait and see.

Posted by: paul6554 | March 4, 2011 12:49 AM | Report abuse

When will these Congresspeople face reality & tell us the truth??

It's not very entertaining........


We need revenue that "our elected" representatives just will not address and it's there!!
THINK ABOUT THE FOLLOWING, if possible with an open mind!!

Has either political party had the "guts" to considered or do any of the following???:

Eliminate tax deductions given to certain large corporation that have not paid any taxes in years. Like Bank Of America, Price WaterhouseCooper, ITT, Bechtel, Boeing, and GE for example.

Eliminate those Oil Subsidies for these large international oil companies.
These profitable companies pay almost no tax & get help from out tax dollar.

Eliminate all those tax & tariff reductions plus "breaks," that Congress voted large companies that are taking American jobs over seas. Also, just mirror the tariffs & taxes that countries like China, Japan, South Korea and the European Countries are putting on American goods & services.

Rein in the large Banks & Wall Street firms by reenacting The Glass-Steagall Act; it just might bring some order into our financial institutions and markets. Oh yes this worked until it was eliminated under President Clinton.
Of course these financial firms do not want this done.

Plus just so Congress shares in the pain, just eliminate the special health care & retirement plans that Congress voted itself. Social Security can be stabilized if Congress was part of it and stopped raiding it!!

So far all I see is cuts that would hurt the middle class ........ if this continues, there will be no middle class to "put the burden" on. Then what??

Whatever happened to that government by the people for the people?
It seems to have vanished........ guess we would need lobbyists to throw money at these career politicians!!

We now have a Cashrarocy, instead of a Democracy in this country.
The best government that the moneyed can buy!!

Oh the uncollected taxes from the above sources are estimated to be about 14 trillion dollars!!

Posted by: bkarpus | March 4, 2011 5:27 AM | Report abuse

The Grab for Power at a Cost To Many Lives

There is only one reason why Republicans have "conspired" to now, after 8 years of outrageous debt spending by President Bush after President Clinton handing him a surplus, begin to force fiscal restraint and the cutting of a huge amount of government spending. They want the economic recovery that everyone knows has begun under President Obama to come to a screeching halt to help them take over the White House in the next election. This is disgusting. Millions of American will be hurt greatly from this blatant grab for power. Who will benefit if they are successful. Only the rich and powerful who pay 90% of all campaign contributions to the Republican Party. Acting like they are the adults now after causing so much incredible financial pain to many while helping the rich get richer would be a criminal conspiracy if perpetrated by anyone other than the politicians. We must send in our letters and calls to both our Republican and Democrat representatives to let them know that we clearly know what is going on here and to either stop causing this or not let it happen. Please act or they may get away with this crime.

Posted by: GURUJOTSINGH | March 4, 2011 6:12 AM | Report abuse

Where are the jobs the lying republicans promised? They campaigned on created jobs.
Have they created a single job? No.

Posted by: treefrog2 | March 4, 2011 6:22 AM | Report abuse

"House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) announced Thursday that the House will continue to pass short-term measures that cut spending at the rate of $2 billion per week until Democrats release their own long-term spending proposal."

Cantor is trying to make himself parody-proof by saying things that are too stupid to make fun of.

Posted by: filfeit | March 4, 2011 7:14 AM | Report abuse

Cut, cut, cut. My oh my. What a childish little boy. I'm going to take my ball and go home if I don't get my way. Where are the JOBS you promised, teapublicans? We are finding out that you lied. Again. Will you please go back on the rush limpnuts show where you belong?

Posted by: fmamstyle | March 4, 2011 7:17 AM | Report abuse

Republicans better be careful. A very good jobs report is expected to come out today, continuing to show a decent recovery.

If Repubs continue to push cutting and then the economy retracts and jobs are lost again, they will rightly get the blame.

This is not the time to cut spending. If we were in a full-blown post-recovery period, fine. But we're still dealing with a fragile economy... one that can not handle this amount of cutting.

Posted by: pathfinder12 | March 4, 2011 8:14 AM | Report abuse

pathfinder12, Keep in mind the teapubicans have no intention of doing their jobs. hey are interested in creating marketing plans for themselves, and maintaining lock-step ideological positions. This was illustrated clearly by governor walker, who when pranked by the fake "cock" brother, said that Democrats are not like them..Democrats actually do work, meet their constituents, get their hands dirty. Republicans do politicking, keeping the shroud over everyone's eyes. It's all they're about. They have proven this time after time after time.

Posted by: fmamstyle | March 4, 2011 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Such an inept group of leaders we've elected.

Posted by: forgetthis | March 4, 2011 9:13 AM | Report abuse

My question to the GOP: What have you done to create jobs? Nothing you've done so far has had much to do with jobs, or it if has it has destroyed jobs. The Wisconsin governor is reveling is destroying people's jobs. And to quote John Boehner, if a bill destroys jobs, "So be it."

GOP, where's the beef? Were are the good paying jobs created by your rich bailed-out bank and corporation buddies who are sitting on billions and not hiring.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | March 4, 2011 9:37 AM | Report abuse

My question to the GOP: What have you done to create jobs? Nothing you've done so far has had much to do with jobs, or it if has it has destroyed jobs. The Wisconsin governor is reveling is destroying people's jobs. And to quote John Boehner, if a bill destroys jobs, "So be it."

GOP, where's the beef? Were are the good paying jobs created by your rich bailed-out bank and corporation buddies who are sitting on billions and not hiring.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | March 4, 2011 9:38 AM | Report abuse

GOP want to cut, cut, cut - geez, take a look at themselves. They won't cut ANY of THEIR pet projects for their rich backers:
•$465,000,000 for the alternate engine for the Joint Strike Fighter;

Maybe they should start with this list of pork spending from Citizens Against Government Waste and keep their bloody hands off our education!

Posted by: removeinfo1 | March 4, 2011 9:48 AM | Report abuse

GOP doesn't have a plan but they promise to cut $2B a week. Interesting. No plan but do it anyway.

I hope that includes many weeks of Defense spending. Close all of the overseas bases and bring all the troops and equipment home. Our carriers should be the first line of military presence.

Posted by: tpk1 | March 4, 2011 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Two billion a week. Sounds good to me. The Democrats just bought three more weeks of operation.

We are spending $1,400 billion more than what we have. What is so hard about spending only $1,340 billion more than what we have?

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | March 4, 2011 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Just keep Vetoing them all and show them what a real party of No looks like.

That is ...

Until they cancel the MANY foreign wars of Republican adventure.

There's your budget hole.

Posted by: WillSeattle | March 4, 2011 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Hey Cantor, defund the illegal wars your party got us into. The party of NO now means NO Ideas.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 4, 2011 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Boehner & McConnell

Despicable, self-serving and owned (like Thomas and Scalia) by the Koch Brothers' Chamber of Commerce.

Posted by: lufrank1 | March 4, 2011 4:09 PM | Report abuse

End that $160~$200 Billion over 10 years to Rich farming conglomerates. These corporations earn Billions without taxpayer subsidies and lavish those earnings on their investors at taxpayer expense.

Recipients of Total USDA Subsidies to farms in United States totaled $16,349,000,000 in 2009;

End the spending of $119 billion in FY2011 in Afghanistan in a country with $14 billion GDP. We could have Peace in the Middle East if we instead invested $10 Billion/year in economic development in the Palestinian territories, Afghanistan, Egypt, Pakistan, Lebanon and Israel and still have $60 Billion left over.

Stop giving Billionaires a Hundred Billion in tax breaks while thousands of American men and women troops are dying and experiencing daily casualties in the Middle East.

Posted by: Airborne82 | March 4, 2011 4:26 PM | Report abuse

End the Tens of Billions in tax subsidies going to Oil and Coal companies. Make Coal and Gas drilling companies pay for their pollution and environmental damage. End the tax breaks that allow them to pay the lowest percentage of taxes since the 1950’s while the industry is raking in record hundreds of billions in profits.

Ordinary taxpayers are the ones who have to make up the difference by paying 20~30% of their salary in taxes to offset Billions in explorations tax subsidies for wealthy coal companies who lavish their investors with profits built on their ability to pollute at public expense.

Massey Energy, paid an average of 5.6 percent of its profits in federal income taxes over the last three years, despite large profits (1/6th of federal 35% rate).

A recent Harvard study “Full cost accounting for the life cycle of coal” found that the lifecycle of coal coast Americans $300~500 Billion a year (17.8cents/KWh).

Posted by: Airborne82 | March 4, 2011 4:32 PM | Report abuse

We'll cut $2 billion a week until Democrats propose spending plan....

Please not that!

Umm thats only 104 billion a year or ~7% of the projected $1,500,000,000,000.00 2011 deficit.

Politicians have simply lost their minds and any American supporting ANY of them is equally insane.....

Posted by: waxtraxs | March 4, 2011 5:10 PM | Report abuse

we need term limits now!we need to somehow get term limits on the ballots of the next elections.This is the only way to stop these idiot polit from spending years collecting money from special intrest groups and oil and gas companies to protect their profits

Posted by: napaman12002 | March 4, 2011 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Let's see ...
$2 billion per week.
At that rate, Republicans will have enough money for those tax breaks to the wealthiest in only 10 years!!!!

Posted by: bigsur67 | March 4, 2011 9:17 PM | Report abuse

$2 billion each week for 10 YEARS will cover hat one trillion tax cut to the super wealthy !!!
Boy! Are we lucky or what!!???

Posted by: bigsur67 | March 4, 2011 9:19 PM | Report abuse

LOL. The Dems had 2 years to propose a budget and did not; they have no credibility when it comes to budgets - and the repubs have little up till now. $2B a week is a good start, but unfortunately given our current bloated spending it would take 750 weeks (over 14 years) to completely stop the 1.5 TRILLION monstronsity that is JUST THE DEFICIT PART (the whole budget is 3.55 TRILLION).

We pay enough in taxes - we need to decrease spending - period.

Posted by: Publicola1 | March 4, 2011 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Many of you Leftist just don't get it. Work and you get paid. Government owes few things. Roads,sewer,troop support etc. All the free crap for all you lazy people needs to be stopped! Cry all you want. I want my government smaller, cheaper, and to get the hell out of my life!

Posted by: randykadavy | March 6, 2011 8:55 PM | Report abuse

To all you leftist, can't wait til the government wipes your butt and you no longer have to pay for toilet paper!!!!

Posted by: randykadavy | March 6, 2011 8:57 PM | Report abuse

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