Republicans Divided On Slash-And-Burn Cuts

February 18, 2011 5:16 pm ET — Walid Zafar

Democrats aren't the only ones opposed to the some of the crazy slash-and-burn amendments being debated in the House. Several Republican lawmakers, including Reps. Dan Lungren (R-CA), Jack Kingston (R-GA), and Bill Posey (R-FL), joined their colleagues across the aisle in opposing a budget amendment proposed by Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) that would have cut an additional $22 billion from the federal budget.

The Washington Post reports:

In 45 minutes of debate Friday afternoon that exposed sharp disagreements within the GOP, at least 10 Republicans spoke out in favor of the amendment, all of them members of the RSC. Roughly an equal number of Republicans took to the floor to oppose the amendment; half of them were members of the RSC, whose membership includes more than 170 conservative House Republicans.


California Republican Rep. Dan Lungren, who warned earlier Friday that the amendment would "paralyze" the U.S. Capitol Police, was greeted with applause from opponents of the RSC amendment after arguing that "across-the-board cuts are a lazy member's way to achieve something."


The amendment was defeated 281-147.