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Unformatted text preview: so the GOP proposal isn't as far-reaching when compared to with actual spending. Even some Republicans acknowledged privately that the legislation would cut about $61 billion, not $100 billion. Some of the largest cuts would be borne by WIC, which provides nutritional support for women and infants, cut by $747 million, and training and employment grants to the states, ticketed for a $1.4-billion reduction. In addition, Republicans proposed a 43% cut in border security fencing and a 53% reduction in an account used to fund cleanup of the Great Lakes. The measure also asserts Republican priorities in several contentious areas. It prohibits the Nuclear Regulatory Commission from terminating plans for a nuclear waste site at Yucca Mountain in Nevada — a direct challenge to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (DNev.). The Tea Party hates spending and they have enough clout to pressure the rest of the GOP Strand, CBN News Washington Senior Correspondent, 4-1-11 (Paul, “Tea Party to GOP: Budget Cuts Not Deep Enough” http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/politics/2011/March/TeaParty-Pushes-for-More-Spending-Cuts/, accessed June 28, 2011, EJONES) With Washington facing a massive budget deficit, Congress is looking to cuts even more spending. The negotiations between the two parties haven't been easy. Ever mindful of the growing $14 trillion national debt, Tea Party members continue to put pressure on Republicans to keep their campaign promises to rectify the situation. "The national debt went up $75 billion in a day on March 15," Seton Motley, president of the group Less Government, said. "So if you think you're cutting a $104 billion for the year and it went up $75 billion in one day, you're not making a lot of headway," he said. But that $104 billion in cuts was only intended to be a Republican goal for this year. Apparently, they may be willing to settle for as little as $33 billion - an amount that is far from satisfactory to the Tea Party. "Stop spending money you don't have!" Rep., Michele, R-Minn., exclaimed at Thursday's Tea Party rally. Republican leaders have defended themselves, saying they can only do so much with the Democrats in charge of most of the government. "We control one-half of one-third of the government here in Washington," House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters at a weekly briefing. "We can't impose our will on the Senate. All we can do is to fight for all of the spending cuts that we can get an agreement to." But the Tea Party has made it clear they want to see more than congressional leaders agreeing with them in word - they want actual deeds "When you set the bar low, you jump low," Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., said. "You all have some high standards and high expectations, and we have to start living up to them," he added. "One of the problems we have is a lack of visionary leadership and have to bring that forward." Republicans are concerned that some Democrats will only offer lowball cuts that aren't acceptable in hopes of f...
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