Unformatted text preview: tting spending and reining in the size of government. Moreover, Republicans, including tea party Republicans, are wary that appearing to cave to Democrats on
spending could leave them vulnerable to primary challenges from the right in 2012. “Democrats know
that if main street Republicans and tea party Republicans split, it’s all over,” says 10-term Rep. Jack
Kingston (R) of Georgia. In a nod to today’s rally, Senate Republicans Thursday afternoon will launch a “consensus balanced
budget amendment to the Constitution,” a move they say will “dramatically cut the nation’s $14 trillion debt.” Tea Party hates spending and has enough clout to get other Republicans to go along with
LA Times, 2-11-11
(“At 'tea party' urging, Republicans deepen spending cuts” http://articles.latimes.com/2011/feb/11/nation/la-na-gopbudget-20110212, accessed June 28, 2011, EJONES)
House Republicans called for cuts in hundreds of government programs Friday night in a $61-billion
savings package they toughened at the demand of "tea party"-backed conservatives. From education to
job training, the environment and nutrition, few domestic programs were would be left untouched — and
some were would be eliminated — in the measure, which is expected to reach the floor for a vote next week.
Among the programs targeted for elimination are Americorps and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
In contrast, spending on defense and veterans' programs were protected. The measure marks an initial
down payment by newly empowered Republicans on their promise to rein in federal deficits and
reduce the size of government. In a statement, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) called the
measure "a historic effort to get our fiscal house in order and restore certainty to the economy . This
legislation will mark the largest spending cut in modern history and will help restore confidence so
that people can get back to work." Democrats harshly criticized the bill, signaling the onset of weeks of
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partisan struggle over spending priorities. House Democratic minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) issued a statement calling
the bill irresponsible, adding that it would "target critical education programs like Head Start, halt innovation and disease research, end
construction projects to rebuild America and take cops off the beat." But first-term Republican conservatives claimed
victory after forcing their own leadership to expand the measure. "$100 billion is $100 billion is $100 billion,"
said Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), referring to the amount the revised package would cut from President Obama's budget request of a year
ago. That was the amount contained in the Republican "Pledge to America" in last fall's campaign, and when party leaders initially suggested a smaller package of cuts this week, many of the 87-member
freshman class who have links to the tea party rebelled. But Obama's budget was never enacted,...
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