RSC Spending Reduction Amendment to the CR
The FY 2011 continuing appropriations bill (H.R. 1) being considered by the House during the week of February 14th provides $396.6 billion for non-security spending (compared to the $378 billion FY 2008 non-security funding level) and $631.9 billion for security spending (compared to the $554 billion FY 2008 security funding level). Overall, this is a $99.6 billion reduction compared to the President’s FY 2011 budget—$81 billion of the reduction is non-security spending, $18.6 billion security spending. RSC Members succeeded in advancing the spending-reduction ball down the field, since the original version of the CR contained just $58 billion in non-security discretionary savings compared to the President’s FY 2011 request. But there’s more work to be done. Many RSC Members believe the CR should contain at least $100 billion in non-security discretionary savings compared to the President’s FY 2011 request.
Therefore, the RSC—led by Representatives Blackburn, Jordan, Flake, Garrett, Pence, Campbell, Duncan (SC), Guinta, Huelskamp, Southerland, and Walsh—will offer an amendment to the Continuing Resolution for Fiscal Year 2011 that would get the bill back to FY 2008 non-security discretionary spending levels (i.e. to a full $100 billion in non-security savings). The amendment achieves these savings through:
• A 5.5% across-the board cut of all accounts in eight non-security divisions of the CR;
• An 11% across-the-board cut of all accounts in the Legislative Branch bill; and
• A 0% cut for Israel (i.e. no cut to Israel funding).
About the Amendment:
RSC Amendment to the CR - Amendment Text (See Amendment 104)
Outside Groups Scoring: Club for Growth, Freedomworks, Citizens Against Government Waste, National Taxpayers Union, Americans for Tax Reform, Americans for Prosperity, and 60 Plus Association.
Outside Groups in Support: Heritage Action, Family Research Council Action, Eagle Forum, Americans for Limited Government, National Federation of Republican Assemblies, ConservativeHome.com, Let Freedom Ring, Liberty Central, Tea Party Patriots, Citizens for the Republic, and Independent Women's Voice.
RSC Effort to Keep $100 Billion Pledge in FY 2011
89 members of the RSC also sent a letter to House Leadership detailing their support for a minimum of $100 billion in spending cuts in the Continuing Resolution to be debated in the weeks ahead.