WASHINGTON (AP) - House conservatives are vowing to slash
domestic programs well beyond the already steep spending cuts
promised by GOP leaders in the midterm election campaign that put
Republicans in control of the chamber.
A proposal unveiled Thursday by the Republican Study Committee,
whose conservative members make up about three-fourths of the House GOP conference, called for bringing domestic agency budgets down to the 2006 levels in place when Republicans last controlled Congress.
That's about a $175 billion cut from current levels and roughly $90
billion more than the cuts promised by Republicans last fall.
Behind the scenes, conservatives are pressuring GOP leaders to
deliver on a promise to immediately pass legislation cutting
Cabinet budgets by $100 billion this fiscal year, which began Oct.
1 and is already one-third over.
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