House Republicans Go Back to the Drawing Board
February 10th, 2011, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today issued the following statement praising a move by House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rodgers to go back to work on the budget continuing resolution to find $100 billion of cuts to attach:
"After rightly receiving a very poor reception to a proposal to merely cut $35 billion from existing budget levels, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rodgers has now promised to go back to the drawing board to find more cuts. In their Pledge to America, House Republicans had promised to cut $100 billion. He needs to find at least that much in cuts to keep the pledge.
"Now the American people need to verify that current spending levels will actually be cut by $100 billion. No gimmicks. It does not matter what Barack Obama proposed for Fiscal Year 2011, because his budget was never adopted. A promise to cut $100 billion can only be understood as a $100 billion cut from current spending levels, or else it's just another stunt.
"I strongly hope and encourage that Chairman Rodgers will avoid the gimmicks and accounting sleights of hand. The American people are tired of these games. We urge all citizens to go to www.keepthepledge.org and voice their concerns."