Republican: Dem-backed programs targeted for cuts

Spending programs favored by Democrats were targeted for cuts by the House GOP, a member of the House Appropriations Committee suggested Tuesday.

Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio), a member of the spending panel who's close with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), said that Democratic-backed spending faced heftier cuts at the hand of the GOP majority in the House.

"Clearly programs that were favored by Democrats received deeper cuts than programs that were favored by Republicans," LaTourette said in a story Tuesday published by Bloomberg News.

“If we’re going to have shared sacrifice, everybody should be in the game," LaTourette added.

It's not necessarily unusual that the change in power in the House would mean that programs in Democratic districts would be first on the chopping block. If nothing else, the shift in spending priorities reflects the reality that many Republican districts have different economic and demographic profiles than districts held by Democrats.

The cuts in question are contained in the legislation that Republicans in the House passed last month funding the government for the rest of the year, but cutting $61 billion from existing spending.

Those spending cuts seem unlikely to make their way into law. The Senate's set to vote on both the House-passed bill and President Obama's much smaller proposed  cuts, neither of which is expected to pass.