House Republicans to Attempt Line-Item Spending Cuts

Posted June 16, 2009 at 12:42pm

Updated: 1:48 p.m.The House Republican Study Committee will launch a caucus Wednesday that will attempt to eliminate spending one government program at a time through a series of targeted amendments to appropriation bills. Each member of the “Sunset Caucus— will choose a government-funded program that he thinks is unnecessary or inept and file an amendment to defund it. If the defunding amendment succeeds, the Member will then introduce a stand-alone bill to repeal the program’s authorization. The list of programs selected for elimination by members of the Sunset Caucus span each of the 13 appropriations bills.“We are targeting programs that have outlived their usefulness, are duplicated [in other bills] or simply aren’t working, — said Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), who will head up the caucus with Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).Amendments that would cut programs include Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-Minn.) for the Export-Import Bank, Rep. Virginia Foxx’s (R-N.C.) for local government climate change grants, Rep. Jim Jordan’s (R-Ohio) for AmeriCorps and Rep. Tom Cole’s (R-Okla.) for funding for the GOP and Democratic conventions.The effort comes as House Republicans continue their push to reclaim the mantle of fiscal responsibility. On June 4, Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) presented President Barack Obama with a list of programs that they believe should be removed from the federal budget. The leaders said the cuts would reduce the deficit and save taxpayers $375 billion over the next five years.