Cutting Another $20 Billion, and Fulfilling the Pledge
Fortunately, the conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC) will offer an amendment to cut an additional $20 billion in spending. These cuts would bring non-security discretionary spending down to the fiscal year 2008 level, $378 billion. The amendment would achieve the additional cuts by a 5.5% across-the board cut of all non-security discretionary spending and an 11% across-the-board cut for the Legislative Branch.
A quick reminder about the Pledge:
Shifting through the budget parlance, it’s clear the $100 billion figure was derived from the policy of cutting non-security (i.e., not veterans or troops) spending back to the enacted FY2008 levels (i.e., pre-stimulus, pre-bailout). As we’ve pointed out before:
The difference between the proposed FY11 level ($478 billion) and the enacted FY08 level ($378 billion) of the 9 non-security appropriations subcommittees, EXCLUDING the 3 security appropriations subcommittees (defense, homeland security, and military construction/VA), is $100 billion.
Heritage Action for America strongly supports efforts to cut an additional $20 billion from the continuing resolution, which would bring the measure fully in compliance with the Republican’s Pledge.