Just How Serious Are Republicans About Spending Cuts?

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House Republicans took a futile vote last night for their “Cut, Cap, and Balance” deficit reduction plan to show they are serious about cutting spending — but at the same time they have funnel led billions to their home districts, The New York Times reports.The spending pushed by at least two-dozen GO  freshmen — many elected as “tea party” fiscal conservatives — persists despite a House ban on earmarks, and the lawmaker’s own statements critical of so-called pork barrel projects.

Among the items funded are a $95 million beach erosion project opposed by the Republican Study Committee, and a potentially $300 million harbor-dredging effort in Charleston, S.C. deemed unnecessary by the Obama administration.

Additionally, GOP lawmakers from districts with a significant military constituencies voted to cut defence spending in a much-vaunted vote this March, only to return most of it in amendments before the bill was finalised, the paper found.

Read the full report at The New York Times.

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