House GOP’s $61 Billion in Budget Cuts Rejected by Senate

Earlier today, the Senate rejected the House GOP’s $61.3 billion in spending cuts. The vote of 56-44 fell short of the 60 needed for Senate passage; not a single Democratic voted for the bill, as Politico notes. The Obama administration and lawmakers must now return to negotiations to address the stalemate about the budget as neither the GOP’s plan nor the Democrats’ more modest proposal has won the 60 votes required for approval in the Senate. The Democratic proposal received just 42 votes and the Republican proposal 44, with fourteen senators opposing both.

‘Senate leaders said the outcome should prompt a quick return to negotiations that should reach beyond the search for a short-term resolution,’ says the New York Times.The burden, says Politico, is now back on Speaker John Boehner to “to show more flexibility” in budget talks with the White House and Democrats, and to persuade House Republicans, and the 87 new freshmen in particular, to ‘give some ground’ rather than risk shutting down the government.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), while ‘outspoken’ in criticizing the bill, ultimately voted yes, as did two other New England Republicans facing election next year Sens. Olympia Snowe of Maine and Scott Brown of Massachusetts. But conservative Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah, who were both elected in November with support from the Tea Party, voted no in protest that the cuts did not go far enough.

Two Democratic Senators spoke about the damage huge cuts could cause on the still-fragile economy. From Politico:

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), who had been targeted by the GOP, told his colleagues that the House bill “has too much hate” for him to accept. And Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), a second moderate in play, said the speed and size of the House cuts— $61.3 billion compressed in the second half of this fiscal year—could “cause just as big a crisis as our failure to deal with our long term structural debt.”

Domestic and federal programs, including Head Start and Pell Grants, faced a cuts of about $66 billion, a reduction of 14 percent. Others that would have been seriously affected by the House GOP’s proposed budget include a long list of early childhood and educational programs: Early Head Start, Head Start, child care, Maternal and Child Health Block Grant program, school-based health clinics, Community Services Block Grant, Low Income Heating Assistance Program, Pell Grants, and Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Services.


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William Y.
William Y6 years ago

Welcome to gridlock 2011

James J.
James J.6 years ago

There are really only two choices, cut now or crash later.

The fact is that social programs have to be cut, and the cruelest way to cut them is to wait until there just isn't any money left and say "sorry", which is the democrat plan it seems.

Tamara D.
Tamara Dreier6 years ago

@Morgan- It's not the AMOUNT the Dems are opposed to; it's the SOURCE of that money (i.e. vital social programs that would hurt millions of people if defunded). Eliminating family planning programs? Cutting funds to public broadcasting? Busting unions? Please. These are teaspoons in the ocean in terms of impact on the deficit. It's become painfully clear that the Repubs are not concerned about reducing the deficit/balancing the budget. That's just a guise for attacking social issues and imposing their backwards ideology onto the American public.

Morgan Getham
Morgan Getham6 years ago

Let's put that in perspective, though. That was $61 billion over the next six months, or about $10 billion a month. The federal deficit for the month of FEBRUARY ALONE was $223 billion. So the total that the Republicans proposed to save from now through the end of September amounted to less than 5% of the deficit that our government has run up in just one month. At the rate that Democrats considered much too extreme, it will take us until the end of 2012 just to reduce enough to make up for the spending binge we went on LAST MONTH ALONE. Nothing to do with the excess we're racking up this month, or that we will next month or the month after, or the one after that. (At the rate The DEMOCRATS propose to cut, it will take us 24 YEARS to make up for February's excess spending. That, they say, is reasonable.)

Looked at that way, they were hardly scratching the surface of beginning to fix the problem of bringing federal spending under some sort of rational control.

During his campaign for President, Mr. Obama promised to cut the obscene federal deficit (for FY 2009) that he inherited from Mr. Bush in half by the end of his first term in office, i.e. by FY2013. He repeated this promise again after he took office. I look forward to seeing him keep his promise. Any bets on it?

Christopher C.
Christopher C6 years ago

Your wrong Patricia S...the conservatives and republicans spend too...on themselves! Amazing how they want to cut this and that, but give themselves raises and tax cuts? If they want to cut government...fine, but then they have to make cuts to their own wallets too...which they'll never do. Too greedy.

Charles W.
Charles Wise6 years ago

I'm surprised--They finally found some balls!

Patricia S.
Pat S6 years ago

Don't you realize that GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt is obama's buddy?

Vivianne Mosca-Clark

That list is all monies for the general public. Where is the cuts for the Rep. 'stuff'. Which by the way..the new rep. refurnished their offices completely and enlarged their staffs as well. No cuts there.
I hope the rep love their children too.

Helen Delahunt-Avila
Helen Avila6 years ago

I meant why GE and Bank of American did NOT pay a cent in taxes

Helen Delahunt-Avila
Helen Avila6 years ago

The GOP needs to answer why they voted for huge subsidies for oil companies who have fired over 10,000 workers yet have a trillion dollar profit. Why Bank of America or GE pay taxes. It appears they spend so much money getting their goons reelected they don't have any money left to pay their fair share. WE get to make it up for them.