House Republican leadership wants to rein in the federal budget by $32 billion from current spending levels. But some of the rank-and-file want $100 billion in cuts – or more.
After voting together on issues ranging from repeal of health-care reform to ending taxpayer funding of presidential campaigns, House Republicans are struggling to close rifts in their new majority over this year’s projected $1.5 trillion deficit.
At issue is how fast and how far to rein in the size and scope of government. House GOP leaders propose cutting $32 billion from current spending levels. The Appropriations panel is on track to release draft legislation laying out new spending proposals to reach this goal on Thursday.
But many conservatives, especially tea party freshman, want significantly deeper cuts – closer to the $100 billion level promised in last fall’s GOP Pledge to America. The projected deficit for FY 2011 is $180 billion higher than the deficit in FY 2010.
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