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Posted at 3:34 PM ET, 02/15/2011

McConnell: Senate Republicans may not endorse all specific House spending cuts

By Shailagh Murray

Senate Republicans are committed to the level of spending cuts that House GOP leaders have proposed for the current fiscal year, but may not endorse every detail of the House plan, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday.

"We're going to try to achieve the same reduction in total that we hope will be achieved on the House side later this week," McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters. "We'll see whether the Senate wants to establish different priorities."

The House is debating a temporary spending bill that would fund the federal government through Sept. 30 but at a level $61 billion below what federal agencies had been expecting. Democrats have accused Republicans of taking a "meat cleaver" to the government, seeking "draconian" cuts at the expense of vital services and hundreds of thousands of federal jobs.

The House on Tuesday voted to proceed on the GOP plan, 242 to 174.

It is expected to hold a final vote on the so-called continuing resolution by week's end. More than 400 amendments have been filed, and GOP leaders said the chamber would hold votes on as many proposed changes as they could schedule before the House adjourns for a week-long recess on Friday.

The current continuing resolution, approved in December, expires March 4, leaving Congress little time to resolve vast partisan differences.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he wouldn't rule out the worst-case scenario, a government shutdown, if the parties can't find agreement. Senate Democrats said they would propose their own cuts, totaling far less than what the House is seeking, but Reid and his colleagues haven't released details yet.

"I have concern about what I understand the C.R. is drifting toward in the House. Of course we're concerned about the numbers. Trying to balance the budget, using a little over 10 percent of our entire budget, it's -- you really have to focus on that, being very hard to do," Reid told reporters Tuesday.

A shutdown, Reid said, is "what we're trying to avoid...but with the Republicans headed in the direction they are, of course it's a possibility, and that's too bad."

By Shailagh Murray  | February 15, 2011; 3:34 PM ET
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Posted by: webcontent2011 | February 16, 2011 2:05 PM | Report abuse

The budget can be balanced by simply bringing 80% of all our troops back from all the current outposts in the world..

Posted by: RPLCO | February 16, 2011 12:47 PM | Report abuse

So, the Republicans still have not decided what they will vote FOR?!

By the way:

1. Where is the replacement? They said it has been on the shelf ready to roll out for a year now!
2. Where is the $100 billion in cuts from this year's budget? (oh, is that before or after extending the Bush sale on tax rates?)
3. Where are the jobs? They said that was priority #1!

Posted by: AMviennaVA | February 16, 2011 12:19 PM | Report abuse

So, the Republicans still have not decided what they will vote FOR?!

By the way:

1. Where is the replacement? They said it has been on the shelf ready to roll out for a year now!
2. Where is the $100 billion in cuts from this year's budget?
3. Where are the jobs? They said that was priority #1!

Posted by: AMviennaVA | February 16, 2011 12:16 PM | Report abuse

The backpeddling begins.

Posted by: jckdoors | February 16, 2011 8:28 AM | Report abuse

So, it sounds like the House is really going to get a week off for every two weeks they work.
When these House members retire, can we pay them 2/3 of their government pension?
How about 2/3 of their salaries and benefits now?
In their first month, the GOP House has accomplished exactly nothing... where are the jobs you promised us, Mr Speaker?

Posted by: OldUncleTom | February 15, 2011 6:27 PM | Report abuse

According to Republicans, all cuts are good except when they affect their own districts. It must be some of these spending cuts will affect Kentucky.

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | February 15, 2011 4:49 PM | Report abuse


It is time for some facts on corporate taxes.

The total of corporate income taxes in the US for 2012 is projected to be only 329 billion.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/30-years-spending-priorities-federal-budget-2012/?hpid=artslot

For context, Wall Street compensation in 2010 was 135 billion for only 25 publicly trade finance companies. Exxon alone in 2009 had profits of 30 billion on revenues of 383 billion. They paid no corporate income taxes in 2009
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704124504576118421859347048.html


And we need to cut corporate income taxes?

Posted by: FoundingMother | February 15, 2011 4:07 PM | Report abuse

I've got news for the extremist Republican party:


Now that you have some actual power again (the House) you won't be able to get away with spending all of your time throwing verbal bombs at the Dems, going golfing and then hitting the DC cocktail circuit at night every day.


You either CREATE JOBS or you will be gone in 2012 so fast that your heads will spin!


Chop chop Repugs!


You've got two years!


Time's a wastin'!

.

Posted by: DrainYou | February 15, 2011 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Shut it down, Harry, shut it down. Either cut the defense budget and cut the money for the wars and war profiteers or NO DEAL. SHUT IT DOWN.

Posted by: TOMHERE | February 15, 2011 4:01 PM | Report abuse

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