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Less is more

Posted: February 10, 2011 11:42 a.m.
Updated: February 11, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Republicans gained a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives in last November’s elections, but the GOP is finding that binding all its members together to produce clear policy isn’t an easy task. House Republicans earlier this week proposed cutting about $35 billion in spending, slashing such programs as Americorps, family planning assistance and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. But many newly elected members say that’s not enough, stressing they were sent to Washington to make even deeper cuts. Complicating the situation is that spending legislation must also pass the Senate, where Democrats still maintain a majority.

At least things are moving in the right direction, and for the first time in many years some lawmakers actually appear to be serious about reining in spending. Of course, it doesn’t make their jobs easier that the country is still in the economic doldrums, and the loss of government jobs could further slow what is already a less-than-robust economic rebound. But so-called Tea Party legislators are calling for deeper cuts of about $100

House Speaker John Boehner has his hands full trying to bring disparate Republican lawmakers together. But unlike the past, when House members were deciding how much to add to the federal budget, they’re now trying to decide how much to subtract. That’s an encouraging sign for all fiscal conservatives, and we will watch with interest

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