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.
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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.