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Posted at 9:38 AM ET, 02/ 4/2011

GOP spending outline foreshadows District budget cuts

By Ben Pershing

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.

By Ben Pershing  | February 4, 2011; 9:38 AM ET
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They should start by cutting the military and then subsidies to big oil and coal. Cut from the fat, not the lean. Must be to difficult for Ryan to figure out. Of course Ryan, being gay, doesn't have kids so why would he care about the funding education.

Posted by: blarsen1 | February 4, 2011 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Hey GOP/Tea Party, how about Americans pay for our National Defense. Currently the entire defense budget ($895 Billion for 2011) is borrowed money. Paying for it would cost 120 million working taxpayers $7,458 each. Lets’ start with your states coughing up their share! You talk a good game about fiscal responsibility and national defense but you hide in shame when the bills come. Don’t hide in shame. Come out of the shadows and pay your bills.

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan cost roughly $108 Billion/year not counting Billions more for the future costs of caring for America’s wounded veterans. The running total of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001; One Trillion One Hundred Billion is enough for 200 Nuclear reactors, Thousands of Wind and Solar Farms, and Millions of American Jobs:

2011 Total USA Defense Spending = $895 Billion: 34.8% of $2.57 Trillion in Revenues, all of which is borrowed deficit spending.

Pay for military expenditures with a balanced budget and if it's that important then taxes should be raised to support it. Right now, only the troops in the field are paying the ultimate price while others look for every angle to get out of paying taxes, get out of paying for the sacrifices of the men and women in the military, and get out of paying for defense and public safety.

Posted by: Airborne82 | February 4, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

End the jobs killing Tens of Billions of taxpayer subsidies ($16,349,000,000 in 2009) going to already Rich Cattle, Feedstock, Cotton, Corn and Sugar farming conglomerates. These subsidies raised obesity rates and health care costs and lowered worker productivity. Stop killing jobs and Americans by subsidizing obesity, heart disease and diabetes. End that waste of my tax dollars first before touching anything else.

Farm Subsidy Database:®name=UnitedStatesFarmSubsidySummary

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

End the $15~$20 Billion a year in Feedstock and Cotton Subsidies to Rich Farming Companies. That’s $150~$200 Billion over 10 years to Rich farming conglomerates while the congressional Black Caucus had to gut child nutrition funding to get $1 billion to pay for summer jobs for American teenagers.

Posted by: Airborne82 | February 4, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Airborne82 | February 4, 2011 1:56 PM

Hey GOP/Tea Party, how about Americans pay for our National Defense. Currently the entire defense budget ($895 Billion for 2011) is borrowed money. Paying for it would cost 120 million working taxpayers $7,458 each. Lets’ start with your states coughing up their share!

Wow, what a socialist liberal! I bet you had to look up that nickname, Airborne82!

Well, let's address what you just said. Since neither the Senate nor the House of Representatives will pass a balanced budget amendment, we are at the mercy of common sense in spending. Since 2007, we have been at the mercy of a liberal democratic congress, and since Jan 2009, add to that a liberal administration. In only 3-years, we have spent ourselves into more than $5-Trillion in debt...90%+ at the demand of Democrats who totally ignored the public majority. Now, you would have the nerve to spin the truth and demand something as common sensed as 'paying our way'? What a hypocrite. Tell you what, stand beside the republicans and pass a balanced budget amendment, then we'll sit down and talk real tough things, like flat tax and the repeal of NAFTA. How about that, spin-talker?

Posted by: Muerte | February 5, 2011 8:10 PM | Report abuse

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