Republicans Falling Short

House Republicans Expected to Fall Billions Short of Their Fiscal 2011 Spending Pledge
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
By Matt Cover

House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R.-Wis.)
House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R.-Wis. (AP photo)

( – House Republicans will fall approximately $20 billion short of their commitment to hold non-defense, discretionary spending for fiscal year 2011 to 2008 levels.

According to House Appropriations Committee sources, the fiscal 2011 budget deal reached by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and President Obama last Friday will push non-defense discretionary spending $20 billion higher than the 2008 level House Republicans had promised voters.

In their 2010 Pledge to America, House Republicans promised that “with common-sense exceptions for seniors, veterans, and our troops, we will roll back government spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels.”


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