House Republicans Punt On Promise To Cut $100 Billion

Last night, the House Republicans basically punted on their promise to cut $100 billion from this year’s budget:

The House rejected a measure cutting an additional $22 billion from the Republican spending bill, as conservatives ran into a wall of opposition from the GOP establishment over the depth of reductions to federal funding.

The amendment backed by the conservative Republican Study Committee failed, 147-281, but not before putting the GOP spending divide under a spotlight on the House floor. Authored by RSC chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the proposal would have dramatically reshaped an appropriations bill that already slashes federal spending by $61 billion over the next seven months.

The reaction on the right is., not surprisingly, ranging from disappointment to outright anger.

Folks, this is the GOP you’re talking about. I hate to say I told you so, but, I told you so.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Brummagem Joe says:

    My guess is it’s going to get worse for the hard right. They’re going to have to pass the CR either before or after a temporary govt shutdown so how does Boehner do this without Democratic votes? This is going to enrage two thirds of his caucus. As I’ve long predicted these are the consequences of letting the morlocks out of the basement and they are now taking over the house. The Democrats are keeping a very low profile until the Republicans try to turn out the lights and then all hell is going to break loose.

  2. I got mad maths says:

    61 billion for 7 months, roughly 8.7 billion per month, extended for 12 months ~104 billion…

  3. michael reynolds says:

    The GOP has spent 30 years lying to the American people and filling their heads with fantasies and outright lies. We can cut taxes and have more money! We can fight wars, “Off budget” and in the end they’ll pay for themselves! All we have to do is cut waste, fraud and abuse!

    We are now at the intersection of Republican lies and hard reality.

    The GOP has to admit that 1) We need to raise taxes and that doing so will bring in more revenue (in other words, admit they’ve lied for 30 years) and 2) admit that the cuts will be to things their own constituents love (social security, medicare, military.)

    Or else admit that they can’t do what they’ve said they want to do: reduce the deficit.

    30 years worth of Reaganite lies is about to hit the wall.

  4. Dean says:

    This quote is directly from the pledge: “With common-sense exceptions for seniors, veterans, and our troops, we will roll back government spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels, saving us at least $100 billion IN THE FIRST YEAR ALONE and putting us on a path to balance the budget and pay down the debt. We will also establish strict budget caps to limit federal spending from this point forward.

    Don’t you think it’s a little early for “I told you so” since they are only a few weeks into their House leadership? In the first year alone should mean they get 12 months to enact the required cuts. There are still a number of spending bills to come to the floor. In addition, there’s nothing to prevent them from going back and looking at already approved expenditures and amending them at lower levels.

    I expect to hear the “I told you so” from most media pundits, but generally OTB has been pretty balanced in their views. If all they’ve cut is $61 billion ten months from now, you get to say, “I told you so.” Not yet, however.

  5. anjin-san says:

    Gosh, no one could have seen this coming.

  6. Brummagem Joe says:

    I got mad maths says:
    Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 11:49

    Pity your math is shaky. They are on record as saying they were going to save $100 billion THIS YEAR. Not 32 billion, not 61 billion, but 100 million. It’s all nonsense of course because the vast majority of this is DOA but just wanted to make sure you were clear since you seem confused.