The Republican majority in the U.S. House is engaged in heated infighting over how much should be cut from the national budget.
An initial proposal called for $35 billion in cuts, which fell short of the $100 billion called for in the GOP’s campaign document, the “Pledge to America.” However, freshman Republicans say they mean business when they talk about substantial cuts. Among those freshman is Fifth District Congressman Mick Mulvaney. In an interview Thursday with Columbia affiliate WVOC, Mulvaney said $35 billion just won’t cut it.
Now we understand that (House) leadership went back to the drawing board and are hearing the message from the freshmen especially that $35 billion in cuts just isn’t enough; not close to being enough. The jury is still out but we’re hearing some good things about the spending cuts we may be able to put in place, but obviously there are a lot of folks up here that want to cut somebody else’s spending, but not their own.
Mulvaney says he has not reached the point of frustration yet, but what occurs next week will carry a lot of weight.
Next week we vote on the continuing resolution to fund the government for the balance of this year. There is a small group of us that is growing that is insisting on $100 billion in real cuts. If you ask me yesterday if I thought it would pass, the answer may have been no, but I m a little bit more encouraged today.
Mulvaney says it is becoming clear that the message of GOP freshman, like himself, are serious about making substantial cuts to the nation’s budget and making a sizeable dent in the deficit.
I think that more and more as this new group of conservatives speaks its mind, and simply let (House) leadership know that we are here and we are for real is going to allow them to become more aggressive with the deficit cutting which absolutely, positively must be done.
Mulvaney says the more and more lines of communication are being opened among House members.
“It’s a very fluid situation up here. Keep in mind we have roughly 90 freshmen in a body of 435 people so not everybody knows each other yet. Not everybody knows who is actually serious about cutting spending and we are going to try to figure that out over the next couple of days.
Democrats in the House and Senate contend that Republican infighting over spending cuts risks a government shutdown.