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

(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.

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.
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)
The Capitol dome is illuminated as the House of representatives works overnight on a spending bill, in Washington on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011.
The Capitol dome is illuminated as the House of representatives works overnight on a spending bill, in Washington on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Congressmen walk down the steps of the House of Representatives as they work overnight on a spending bill, on Capitol Hill, Friday, Feb. 18, 2011.
Congressmen walk down the steps of the House of Representatives as they work overnight on a spending bill, on Capitol Hill, Friday, Feb. 18, 2011.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Congressmen walk down the steps of the House of Representatives as they work throughout the night on a spending bill, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Feb. 18, 2011
Congressmen walk down the steps of the House of Representatives as they work throughout the night on a spending bill, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Feb. 18, 2011   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
The rotunda of the U.S. Capitol is seen, Friday evening, Feb. 18, 2011, as Republicans and Democrats square off over a spending bill with votes scheduled throughout the night.
The rotunda of the U.S. Capitol is seen, Friday evening, Feb. 18, 2011, as Republicans and Democrats square off over a spending bill with votes scheduled throughout the night.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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