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House Republicans, in a marathon all-night session, cut nearly $61 billion from the 2011 federal budget Saturday with final passage coming just after 4:30 a.m. The package, approved in a 235-189 party-line vote, included measures that would end federal funding of Planned Parenthood and block money for implementation of the health care law.

The budget bill now heads to the Democratic-controlled Senate, which is expected to push back against the reductions -- most of them coming from domestic programs. But on Saturday in the U.S. House, the GOP's large, conservative freshmen class, which pushed leaders for deeper cuts, owned the day. Not a single Democrat voted for the final version of the legislation.

On Friday, the decisions on controversial amendments came in quick succession after the House voted down a measure that would have taken billions of dollars more across the board from federal agencies.

The Planned Parenthood defunding amendment, sponsored by Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), was the subject of three-plus hours of heated debate Thursday night, The Washington Post reported.

Approval of the health care amendment was another big victory for Republicans. The amendment offered by Rep. Dennis Rehberg (R-Mont.) would deny new funding for the federal government to administer the new health reform law during the remaining seven months of the 2011 fiscal year.

The tactic is an alternative to outright repeal of the law -- which remains extremely unpopular among Republicans. The GOP majority in the House approved repeal last month, but the bill failed in the Senate. The new bid to withhold taxpayer dollars from implementation of the health law is also bound to face a roadblock in the Senate, where Democrats are in the majority.

Earlier, the House shot down a measure, sponsored by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), that would have trimmed $22 billion on top of $61 billion in cuts already proposed by the GOP, according to the Post. It failed 147 to 281. More than 90 Republicans voted against the amendment, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California.

While the debate Friday was not strictly on party lines, the GOP is dead serious in its zeal to shrink the budget and trim a federal deficit of $1.5 trillion for 2011. On Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner issued a strong message to the White House and Democratic lawmakers: go along with the GOP bill to cut the current 2011 budget, or risk a government shutdown in two weeks.

Hours before final passage, Boehner called the budget-cutting "democracy in action." He had dug his heels in and said he would not allow the House to consider a temporary funding resolution to keep the government operating past March 4, when the stopgap measure expires, unless spending is reduced substantially.

"I am not going to move any kind of short-term [measure] at current [spending] levels," Boehner, R-Ohio, said at a news conference Thursday.

In the Senate, Democratic leaders prefer to approve another extension of the temporary funding measure while the two chambers work out their differences.

Some senators indicated they are willing to work with the GOP on making cuts in the 2011 budget. "There will be some additional cuts, we know that," said Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), a senior member of the Senate leadership, the Washington Post reported.

After the House passes its final version of the bill, the debate moves to the Senate where the Democratic majority is certain to balk at some of the Republican-sponsored cuts -- leaving it unclear whether the chambers will be able to agree on something before the temporary funding measure expires and the government runs out of money.

At its core, the House debate reflects a fundamental difference between the political parties regarding the role of government in public life. Republicans want to demonstrate their conviction that the federal government is inefficient, bloated and must be curtailed to create a more competitive economic climate. Democrats, on the other hand, have argued that government plays a vital role in regulation and safety, and the services it provides are critical to ensuring a well-functioning society.

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this is funny, the grabbers are trying to hang on to their free loot
the unions are trying to hang on to their big paying jobs where most of
them work 2 hours a day and loaf the other six..
and for the last two years they have been bitching about cutting
the budget and its time to quit spending..
its simple
no more bail outs, two many all ready
stop funding ever two bit over seas nation that crys for help
cut out all the special programs, art, federal dept of eduction,
the dept of energy which does nothing, the census could be done at
state level. public broadcasting, well you can name your own,,

so quit your gripping, its not gonna happen, because you dont want it to...

February 19 2011 at 10:44 AM

the budget is a no brainer, use common sense, no pork, no special interest, no payoff rewards, just do what is right for america & it's law abiding citizens

February 19 2011 at 9:41 AM +3

You can't fund planned parenthood, but you can spend 30 million on NASCAR?????

February 19 2011 at 9:14 AM

Harry Reid has referred to a cut of $70 billion as "Draconian". That is not even 2% of the President's request, which is an indication of how cavalierly Reid would saddle our children with a burden of inescapable debt.

February 19 2011 at 7:58 AM +3
jan snowhill

It's a shame planned parenthood has to be a target in this cut. It's a shame heating assistance to the needy as well must be cut. It seems the low end that has no lobby becomes the first victims in these cuts. Those with the most need are the first we target. Planned parenthood despite the demonizing offers health care needs to women who otherwise could not afford those services. It actually does a great good for families in America.

February 19 2011 at 7:58 AM +1
1 reply to jan snowhill's comment

Republicans are backed by the very rich and corporations. They won the battle to not end their tax cuts for two more years. I heard a Republican from Wisconsin remark this morning, that the people protesting Walker's bill should be glad to have jobs. I know many people that are hard workers, not lazy deadbeats that the Republicans keep insisting are the ones they are going after. Multitudes of people in this country are working for nothing after they pay out for basic necessities each month. How can people be "happy when they make bricks with out straw". Again many working people in this country exhaust their hard earned incomes before they pay basic bills. The very action of Walker in Wisconsin of not cutting police and medical employees shows us that he intended to cause divide. Our teachers in this country should be held in high regard. They carry a burden of responsibility that many in other careers take for granite.

February 19 2011 at 10:09 AM


February 19 2011 at 7:57 AM -1

Trickle down economics works. i have been in the workforce for thirty years and never worked for a poor man.we need to cut spending on the federal,state and local level.cut out most social programs bring back manufacturing get those lazy people off the couch and put them to work.Most people are like water they take the path of least resistance.THAT'S WHY SCOCIAL PROGRAMS FAIL! Look at tax retuns, EARNED ICOME!? Ithought tax time was for figuring out if you paid too much or too little, I know people who get back 3 times what they paid in. then they take this big payday and go buy a bigscreen tv, or a buy here-pay here car that they loose or pawn in six months instead of paying programs teach people to be happy living in poverty. LET'S DRUG TEST THOSE WHO APPLY FOR ASSISTANCE! REGAN had the right idea and when it came full circle Clinton got the the credit.DO your homework and tou will see this is true.

February 19 2011 at 7:55 AM -2
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Khris & Michele

If trickle down really worked then manufacturing jobs would still be here. And the jobless rate would be low. Great you work for a person who started their own business and grew it so people could be hired. Trickle down didn't do that. Trickle down, if you did YOUR homework, is about the wealthy spending enough on products/services that jobs would need to be created to fill the demand. It gets me that people just blindly believe anything they hear or see on tv.

February 19 2011 at 9:41 AM

I know of no poor people that are happy living in poverty. Ronald Reagan didn't knew poverty. Manufacting jobs were frist and hard destoyed by Reagans administration. Go look up the trade agreements Mr RR made for this country. He love one-sided world trade agreements. Thousdands of people lost jobs in the south because of RR. He was adamant that the Chinese would never take over our textile industry in America. Either he lied or was swamped by his staunch rich supporters.

February 19 2011 at 10:15 AM +1

The Democrats are playing their games. The bottom line....the final vote will be in the Democratic Senate. They will be holding the smoking gun when the govt. shuts down & posse rides up.

February 19 2011 at 7:53 AM -1

Charlatans and clowns,,, all of them.

February 19 2011 at 7:49 AM

These cuts are going to spin our economy into a tail spin. The republicans think everyone owns a corporation; and every house hold has a CEO bringing home the money.One more point; I just mopped my floor the other day!!!!

February 19 2011 at 7:46 AM -1

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