Yesterday, House Republicans kicked off what is expected to be a weeklong debate over their plan to reduce the federal government’s spending by $100 billion over the rest of the 2011 budget year.
The Democratic majority in Congress last year never passed a budget for the fiscal year that runs Oct. 1-Sept. 30. As a result, Congress has been approving short-term extensions of 2010’s budget.
More than 400 amendments on budget cuts were filed Monday night.
Among them was a proposal from Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark), to eliminate funding for Obama’s Teleprompter. Alas, Womack pulled his amendment because he wasn’t able to get an estimate on how much it would save.
“I think we made our point,” Womack said. “We’re asking people to do more with less. And I think the president ought to lead by example. He is already a very gifted speaker. And I think that’s one platform he could do without.”