GOP spending outline foreshadows District budget cuts
House Republicans unveiled a plan Thursday to reduce government spending by $32 billion over the next several months, and delivered fresh evidence that they intend to cut the District's budget in the process.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) announced a proposal that would deliver spending cuts for the remainder of the 2011 fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. Ryan did not offer many specifics, but later Thursday, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) revealed how much money he would allocate for each of his panel's 12 spending bills.
Rogers did not say exactly how much he would slice from the District's budget, but he did say he would cut the bill that includes D.C. funding -- the financial services and general government measure -- to $21.2 billion. That amounts to a 13 percent reduction from the 2010 level of $24.2 billion, and a 16 percent reduction from the amount President Obama had requested for this year.
How much of those cuts will come from D.C.? That isn't clear yet, and will depend on how Republicans want to handle the other items in the financial services bill, including the budgets of the Treasury Department and the White House.
The conservative Republican Study Committee has offered a separate, more aggressive spending reduction plan that would cut annual federal spending by at least $100 billion and reduce federal payments to the District for education, libraries and other items by $210 million. There is no evidence that the broader House GOP Conference will adopt that or any other specific proposal by the RSC, nor would such large cuts likely pass muster with Senate Democrats of President Obama.
Still, the GOP budget outline released this week makes clear that nearly every item in the federal budget will be targeted for at least some cuts -- including the federal city.
| February 4, 2011; 9:38 AM ET
Categories: Ben Pershing, Budget, Congressional Oversight
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