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Unformatted text preview: ril 8. Activists are also calling on Congress to defund Planned Parenthood and to remove some $105 billion in automatic funding for health-care reform that was written into the 2010 legislation – moves that Democrats strongly oppose. Republicans campaigned to win back the House last year on a pledge to cut spending $100 billion below Mr. Obama’s 2011 budget request. That’s comparable to the $61.5 billion cut below current spending levels that the House passed on Feb. 19 and the Senate subsequently rejected. After a meeting with Senate Democrats on Wednesday evening, Vice President [CARD CONTINUES] Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 80 Mercury Politics Spending – Unpopular – Tea Party (2/4) [CARD CONTINUED, NO TEXT REMOVED] Biden told reporters that both sides are now working off the same number: $73 billion in cuts off the president’s budget request, or $33 billion below current spending levels. “There’s no reason why, with all that’s going on in the world and with the state of the economy, we can’t reach an agreement to avoid a government shutdown, because the bottom line is we’re working off the same number,” he said in a statement. The challenge now is to identify cuts that will not “eviscerate the ability of the economy to grow,” he added. House Republican leaders initially proposed $32 billion in cuts for FY 2011, but yielded to conservative pressure to increase proposed cuts to $62 billion. Reverting to the lower level will be a tough sell for many House conservatives. “We made a promise of $100 billion in our Pledge to America, and it’s going to be difficult to come off that,” says freshman Rep. Blake Farenthold (R) of Texas, who won a tough election with tea party support. Commenting on today’s tea party rally, he added: “I think they need to be here – [to] have our backs.” For weeks, Senate Democratic leaders have called on Speaker John Boehner (R) of Ohio to break with the tea party wing of the Republican Party in these budget negotiations or risk a shutdown. “Let me reiterate my hope that the Republican leadership recognizes that they can't continue to be pulled to the right by a radical, unrealistic, unreasonable and unpopular faction,” said Senator Reid in a floor speech on Wednesday. “If they want to move the country forward, they can't let the tea party call the shots.” A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, released Wednesday, signals that public support for the tea party movement is slipping. Only 32 percent have a favorable opinion of the movement, down from 37 percent in December. At the same time, 47 percent of Americans now view the tea party movement unfavorably. That compares with 48 percent who view the Republican and Democratic parties unfavorably. (The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.) But the tea party is still a powerful presence on Capitol Hill, especially within the House Republican conference. While only 57 of 241 Republicans formally joined the House Tea Party Caucus, most conservatives share the movement’s focus on cu...
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