GOP revives ‘YouCut’ program

May 12, 2011

By Sean Lengell-The Washington Times

House Republicans are ramping up their push to slash government spending by reviving a program that lets Americans vote online for which federal programs to cut.

While in the minority last year, the “YouCut” program mostly was advisory. House Republicans tried to offer the cuts as amendments to bills but were shot down procedurally by the Democratic majority.

But now that Republicans control of the chamber, the program has more teeth, as the “winning” government bureaucracy will get the chance for an up-or-down vote on the House floor.

“We as Republicans remain committed to employ the latest technology to engage the social media utility so that more and more Americans can be involved in the legislative process,” said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican, during a Wednesday news conference to announce “Phase II” of the YouCut program.

Any effort to kill the programs likely would die in the Democrat-controlledSenate. House Republicans, however, say they are fulfilling a campaign promise to continue pressure on the upper chamber and the Obama administration to control government spending.

“We were going to make sure that this town starts to look at ways of saving, not spending,” Mr. Cantor said.

Mr. Cantor has tapped the Republican freshmen class to administer the program, a deference to their tea party-infused enthusiasm and the movement that helped propel the GOP to take control of the House after the 2010 elections.

“Every American out there has seen some form, some shape of government waste,” said Rep. Austin Scott of Georgia, president of House Republican freshmen. “All of those little bits of waste have added up to the tremendous deficit that we have and a tremendous national debt.”

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