House Passes $60B in Cuts
Measure sets up deep divide between House, Senate
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2011 5:33 AM CST
Nancy Pelosi gestures during a news conference, Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, to counter the plans of John Boehner and Republicans to cut the spending for the current budget year.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed $61 billion in federal spending cuts this morning, burning the midnight oil to hack federal cash going to coal companies, oil refiners, farmers, health care reform, and environmental initiatives. "The American people have spoken. They demand that Washington stop its out-of-control spending now, not some time in the future," says freshman Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan.

The measure passed largely on the might of the House's 87-member class of budget-conscious freshmen, and faces a fight in the Democrat-controlled Senate, reports the AP. Among the targets were Planned Parenthood, the ethanol industry, and the EPA, whose budget was slashed by about a third. The Pentagon was awarded a 2% increase, while the AP notes that domestic agencies largely saw around 12% in cuts. Click for more on the budget brawl.

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Feb 20, 2011 3:27 PM CST
These people got elected with the promise of creating jobs - their plan to cut social programs without touching some $40 billion in tax loopholes is insulting. The reckless cuts proposed by the GOP could cost the country up to 800,000 jobs. Liars.
Feb 19, 2011 11:41 AM CST
How ignorant are you who voted for the republicans and thought (STILL THINK?) they would be there for you??? Number 1) The military budget needs to immediately be cut in half (by $350 Billion). Number 2) Congress needs to stop giving ANY of OUR TAX DOLLARS to corporations that are not ramping up US jobs jobs jobs. Number 3) The LAST thing the republicans should be cutting back on in economic assistance to the hardest working lower end of the middle class that is STILL suffering from the republicans-rape-the-economy campaign of 2000 to 2008.
Feb 19, 2011 9:21 AM CST
Well it's a start... Let the dust settle then go over the entire process again and evaluate what worked what did not work then revise