October 25, 2013
REPUBLICANS HAVING WON, THE ONLY QUESTION IS HOW MUCH TO CUT HOW FAST:
Paul Ryan: Focus on 'achievable goals' (DAVID ROGERS, 10/24/1, Politico)
Posted by Orrin Judd at October 25, 2013 7:46 PMThe first round of sequestration last March has already brought discretionary spending down to about $986.7 billion. A second round in January would cut an additional $20 billion approximately -- largely from defense.Implicit in Ryan's remarks is a warning that Republicans won't back away from sequestration simply to protect defense. But the chairman was clearly signaling he is open to a good-faith bargain in which mandatory savings can be substituted for appropriations to restore more order for both sides. [...]Democrats admit privately that it is very doable to have a short-term fix for sequestration, relying on perhaps $75 billion to $100 billion in mandatory savings already in President Barack Obama's 2014 budget.