Conservatives dominating the House are pushing to scrap last year’s budget pact with President Barack Obama and impose new cuts on domestic agencies in an election-year drive to show voters they’re serious about shrinking the government.
The move is popular with freshman lawmakers elected on a tea party wave in 2010. But veteran lawmakers warn it will produce gridlock later, when Congress has to follow up the springtime debate on a broad budget blueprint with actual spending bills reflecting the new cuts, and get them enacted into law.
Driving the discussion is frustration among many Republicans that they haven’t done enough to cut spending or curb deficits that still exceed $1 trillion a year. The upcoming budget debate is maybe the last, best forum to demonstrate their bona fides to voters — especially core conservatives they’re counting on to turn out in large numbers to maintain the GOP’s majority in the House.
Read more at Official Wire. By Andrew Taylor, AP.