April 12, 2011
With the 2011 budget battle nearly behind them, Republicans are eager to begin pressing for their 2012 budget blueprint, which would cut spending by more than $4 trillion over the next decade and revamp Medicare and Medicaid.
A House vote on the 2012 budget resolution is slated for Friday, but the GOP must first push through the 2011 spending bill despite growing opposition from some Republican lawmakers who say it cuts far too little.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who was largely deemed the victor in last week’s budget standoff between Republicans and Democrats, must sell this plan to the most fiscally conservative in his party. He made the case Monday in a USA Today opinion piece that it is time for the House to pass the 2011 budget and move onto the 2012 spending plan, which he said advances the Republican cost-cutting effort “from saving billions of dollars to saving trillions of dollars.”