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Republicans unveil government funding measure ahead of potential government shutdown


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  • George Bronx, NY
    March 5, 2013 8:23 p.m.

    oops buy not pay, sorry, but kind of funny.

  • George Bronx, NY
    March 5, 2013 8:03 p.m.

    Do you really think anyone is going to pay that idea that they are only trying to maintain funding for those things that (you have decided are the only things) specifically named in the constitution? just how naive do you believe people are?

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    March 5, 2013 3:02 p.m.

    All I ever hear from Republicans is spending cuts, spending cuts, spending cuts...

    So, here we have a spending cut -- and they are the very first in line to squeal like a stuck pig about it, and trying to do everything they can to stop it.

    The epitome of hypocrasy.

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    March 5, 2013 12:08 p.m.

    To "George" you are wrong. The Republicans want to maintian funding for things specifically named in the Constitution.

    Are you saying that we should no longer follow the Constitution?

  • George Bronx, NY
    March 5, 2013 10:48 a.m.

    So basically the republicans want to preserve funding for only the things they want and not anything else. nice to see them making (no) progress.

  • BYUtah Fan Herriman, UT
    March 5, 2013 10:09 a.m.

    The spending cuts are a good start. But they do not address the actual problem. The spending problem is in the entitlement programs. In 1970 entitlements were 31% of the budget, discretionary spending was 62% and net interest 7% in a $900 billion budget. In 2012 the budget is almost 4 times what it was in 1970 (3.4 trillion) Discretionary spending has shrunk to 38%. Thanks to record low interest rates, net interest is 6%. But, entitlements have exploded to 58% of the budget and the baby boomers are just starting to access Medicare and Social Security. This growth is unsustainable. Unless our representatives in Washington find some very rare political courage, our financial future will be ruinous.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    March 5, 2013 9:32 a.m.

    This is just a GOP move to take out the sting on things they wanted preserved in the first place, while leaving other cuts in for everyone else, especially Democratic-friendly causes. One-sided sequestration - how great is that!

  • SME Bountiful, UT
    March 5, 2013 7:02 a.m.

    "The across-the-board cuts would carve $85 billion in spending from the government's $3.6 trillion budget for this year,"

    85 billion out of 3.6 trillion is 2.36%, that isn't a carve, its a trim. We simply can't keep running government at a deficit. When things can't go on they stop.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    March 4, 2013 5:36 p.m.

    We really do need to cut back on government. Perhaps a real sacrifice by all of us will wake us up to the reality that government is too big and too costly. Until we feel the pain we cannot understand the impact. And when the sun comes up the next day we'll understand that we can cut.
    Enough of that attitude will result in the political will to do without some perks in the name of fiscal sanity.
    It will put us back on top in the world markets and be healthy for business.
    Let the cuts happen.