$61 Billion in Cuts…Is it Better Than a Poke in the Eye?

Very early Saturday morning, February 19, 2011, the House of Representatives passed HR-1- the Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011. This bill falls well short of the anticipated $100 billion in spending cuts the freshman class, and the grassroots, had been working for.  At least $22 billion was left on the table when 92 republicans voted down an amendment sponsored by Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) that would have reduced non-security spending by 5.5% and reduced Legislative Branch appropriations by 11%.  You can see who voted Nay in this great piece at Red State.com

Next stop: The United States Senate.  The R’s don’t have the majority, so what will happen?  Will the government shut down, as the Democrats like to warn, will they come to the table and talk reality or will they just continue to talk “smack”?

We know the current Continuing Resolution will expire March 4th – that’s 10 days from today.  The matter is so urgent, both the House and the Senate are on “leave” this week.  That  leaves 4 or 5 days to get this done.  Who says politics is boring?

Please read Allen West’s letter to his constituents  and  Jonathan Strong’s piece at the Daily Caller - both will inspire and fuel the ire!

By the way, here are the results of our poll regarding the spending cuts:

32% of you said we’ll get the $100 billion in cuts;

32% said we’d get less than $100 billion; (You win…we lose!)

30% said we’d get more the $100 billion;

And 4% had other ideas…

Thanks to all of you who voted in our poll.  We’ll keep trying to predict the future!

One Response to “$61 Billion in Cuts…Is it Better Than a Poke in the Eye?”

  • mickeywhite

    Marsha Blackburn Voted FOR:
    Omnibus Appropriations, Special Education, Global AIDS Initiative, Job Training, Unemployment Benefits, Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations, Agriculture Appropriations, FY2004 Foreign Operations Appropriations, U.S.-Singapore Trade, U.S.-Chile Trade, Supplemental Spending for Iraq & Afghanistan, Flood Insurance Reauthorization , Prescription Drug Benefit, Child Nutrition Programs, Surface Transportation, Job Training and Worker Services, Agriculture Appropriations, Foreign Aid, Debt Limit Increase, Fiscal 2005 Omnibus Appropriations, Vocational/Technical Training, Supplemental Appropriations, UN “Reforms.” Patriot Act Reauthorization, CAFTA, Katrina Hurricane-relief Appropriations, Head Start Funding, Line-item Rescission, Oman Trade Agreement, Military Tribunals, Electronic Surveillance, Head Start Funding, COPS Funding, Funding the REAL ID Act (National ID), Foreign Intelligence Surveillance, Thought Crimes “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, Peru Free Trade Agreement, Economic Stimulus, Farm Bill (Veto Override), Warrantless Searches, Employee Verification Program, Body Imaging Screening, Patriot Act extention.

    Marsha Blackburn Voted AGAINST:
    Ban on UN Contributions, eliminate Millennium Challenge Account, WTO Withdrawal, UN Dues Decrease, Defunding the NAIS, Iran Military Operations defunding Iraq Troop Withdrawal, congress authorization of Iran Military Operations, Withdrawing U.S. Soldiers from Afghanistan.

    Marsha Blackburn is my Congressman.
    See her “blatantly unconstitutional” votes at :
    http://mickeywhite.blogspot.com/2009/09/tn-congressman-marsha-blackburn-votes.html
    Mickey