Cantor Backs $60Billion in Cuts Pledge

January 24th, 2011 at 1:35 am | 2 Comments |

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Politico reports:

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on Sunday appeared to confirm that House Republicans would stretch out their pledge to cut $100 billion in spending over the 2011 and 2012 budgets.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) promised last year to cut $100 billion in spending to achieve what he said would be a return of non-defense discretionary spending to 2008 levels. More recently, House leaders have said that this would amount to $60 billion in cuts during the current, 2011 fiscal year, prompting Democrats to claim that Republicans were breaking the $100 billion promise.

On NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday,┬áCantor declined repeated attempts by host David Gregory to get him to confirm that Republicans would only cut $60 billion in the current fiscal year, saying only that the cuts would amount to $100 billion “on an annualized basis.”

A Cantor aide later explained that Republicans would be keeping their promise by cutting at least $40 billion more in fiscal 2012.

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  • busboy33

    Well, if he promised to do it, then I’m sure there’s nothing to worry about.

    After all, talk and action are the same thing, right?

  • lessadoabouteverything

    And the 60 billion in cuts will be projected savings averaged out over 100 years.
    I rmember nhthinker absolutely 100% certain that Republicans would not only cut 100 billion but would go above that mark and the American people would rally behind them. I wonder how he is justifying it to himself.

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