tâ€™s finally slash-and-burn time for conservatives, and the programs they target in a massive spending bill next week will help shape the national political debate over what the government can, and should, pay for.
Republicans are planning a freewheeling, open-ended debate that promises to test the partyâ€™s limits on how far itâ€™s willing to go on spending cuts, and it may divide Democrats between those who want to embrace modest cuts and those who want to protect domestic programs from the GOP ax.
The most conservative faction in the House, the Republican Study Committee, already is preparing amendments that would choke off funding for President Barack Obamaâ€™s new health care law, cut domestic programs by $100 billion and force the government to pay creditors before funding other priorities if the limit on the national debt is hit. The RSC proposals would cut tens of billions of dollars more than Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has proposed, reflecting new tension within the GOP majority over how aggressive it should be.
The spending bill, called a â€œcontinuing resolutionâ€ or â€œCR,â€ is necessary because, without it, the government will run out of authority to spend money on March 4. Republican leaders rolled out the top-line spending number last week, and theyâ€™re expected to provide the details of the plan later this week. The bill is likely to hit the floor next week.
In a way, conservatives already have won in framing the debate: The presidentâ€™s budget director, Jack Lew, wrote an op-ed in The New York Times over the weekend saying that next yearâ€™s budget will have to include cuts in some areas to fund â€œinvestmentsâ€ in others. The debate has shifted from how to spend to how to cut. But conservatives also risk overreaching in etching targets on the backs of specific programs, each of which has a constituency powerful enough to have built its budget to the current level.
Traditionally, party leaders prohibit amendments on continuing resolutions. But House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his Republican leadership team have promised that itâ€™s open season for rank-and-file lawmakers who want to offer amendments to spending bills â€” so long as they comport with new GOP-written House rules that make it tougher to spend and easier to cut.
That will test Republican leadersâ€™ ability to keep control of their partyâ€™s message in the face of divisions that are certain to be laid bare by the kind of deep-cutting amendments that Democrats will use to portray Republicans as insensitive to the needs of their constituents.
GOP sources said the leadership is encouraging such fights, arguing that the House should work its will through several tough votes on spending cuts.
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