White House Uncommitted on Spending Cuts

Gizzi, John
December 2005
Human Events;12/19/2005, Vol. 61 Issue 43, p1
The article claims that U.S. President George W. Bush may not make an all-out effort to directly intercede with members of Congress to secure their votes on the bills needed to achieve $62 billion in spending cuts to offset the $62 billion spent on hurricane relief in fall 2005. Representative Mike Pence (R.-Ind.), chairman of the House Republican Study Committee, does not believe the full cuts can be passed, along with a provision that would allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), unless Bush directly pushes for votes. House conservatives hope the ANWR provision will be included in the final version of the bill that emerges from a House-Senate conference committee. In two White House briefings, Press Secretary Scott McClellan's response was lukewarm when asked whether Bush would make the same kind of vote-getting effort on Capitol Hill for the $62 billion in spending cuts as he had made when he secured passage of his Medicare prescription drug entitlement or his "No Child Left Behind" education program.


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