November 19, 2005

BETTER THAN THE ALTERNATIVE ANYWAY:

House GOP whittles budget by $50 billion (Amy Fagan, November 19, 2005, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

House Republicans narrowly passed a $50 billion spending-cuts bill yesterday after some down-to-the-wire bargaining with the more liberal wing of their party, but leaders delayed until after the Thanksgiving holiday their $57 billion tax-cut package.

"This was a hard-fought victory," said acting Majority Leader Roy Blunt, Missouri Republican, after the spending-cuts measure eked through, 217-215, with 200 Democrats, an Independent and 14 Republicans voting against it and 217 Republicans giving their support.

The message from Republican leaders was clear: "We as Republicans are working to rein in the size and scope and reach of the federal government," said Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier, California Republican.

$50 billion here...$50 billion there...in no time you're up to .5% of GDP.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 19, 2005 8:35 AM
Comments

Yes it's small but it sends the right signal and calms the fiscal hawk part of the GOP base. And with almost all of the Dems against provides fodder for '06 election.

Posted by: AWW at November 19, 2005 5:23 PM
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