House Republicans announced Thursday a plan to set spending at 2008 levels for the remainder of the year.
Budget Chairman Paul Ryanís (Wis.) budget allocation represents about $43 billion in cuts to non-security spending compared with 2010 spending levels and is $74 billion below President Barack Obamaís total fiscal 2011 budget request. It would apply to spending between March 4 and the end of the fiscal year.
Although the number is not as low as many conservatives and freshman lawmakers had hoped ó for instance the Republican Study Committee had wanted spending to be set at 2006 levels ó it will allow Republicans to technically make good on the campaign pledge to reduce spending to 2008 levels.
How Republicans will get to those levels ó and whether conservatives can force deeper cuts ó remains to be seen. The Appropriations Committee will use Ryanís number to write its continuing resolution, which will come to the floor in two weeks. Appropriators could use a mix of cuts to spending and rescissions of some unused funds to meet the number.
In addition, GOP leaders have promised to allow scores of amendments to the CR during floor debate, and a number of GOP aides have predicted further cuts to the budget are likely to be adopted.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.