GOP’s First Promise Kept: Cut Congressional Budget
by Louis Jacobson @ PolitiFact
In their Pledge to America, House Republican leaders promised to “make Congress do more with less by significantly reducing its budget.” On Jan. 6, 2011, they took action.
By an overwhelming 410-13 vote, House members approved a binding resolution that would cut the operating budget of member and committee offices by 5 percent, or about $35 million annually.
According to the office of Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, the resolution prohibits any congressional office from spending more than 95 percent of what they were allowed to spend last year. If an office requests more money than that, the House’s Chief Administrative Officer will be directed to disallow the request.
I think the Republicans should do much more than this, but this cut is a drop in the right swimming pool.
In other news, please keep all the victims of the Tucson shooting – including Rep. Giffords – in your prayers.
The mainstream media coverage of this tragedy has been execrable, naturally. Fortunately, Kevin DuJan and the folks at HotAir have been busily shooting down all premature allegations that the shooter is a Tea Partier, so there’s nothing left for me to do. Read the main post at Hot Air here for details.
ETA: I also recommend Michelle Malkin’s post on the shooting.