By Russell Berman - 02/15/11 06:23 PM EST
The conservative Republican Study Committee is offering an amendment to the GOP spending bill that would deepen cuts to government funding by as much as $20 billion for the rest of the year.
The amendment, submitted by committee chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), could draw broad support from conservative and Tea Party-aligned Republican freshmen who have pushed party leaders to expand the cuts they are planning for the federal government.
The legislation drafted by GOP leaders would cut $61 billion from current spending. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has trumpeted the fact that the bill would reduce President Obama’s budget request for 2011, which was never enacted, by $100 billion – a number that matches the Republican “Pledge to America” for spending cuts in the first year.
Conservative members of the GOP caucus have pushed to cut a full $100 billion from current spending, and Jordan’s amendment would bring the total reductions closer to that total. His amendment calls for across- the-board cuts to the appropriations bill that currently directs funding for the government, with a single exception: aid to Israel.
A spokesman for the congressman, Brian Straessle, said Jordan’s measure would reduce current spending by another $19 billion to $20 billion beyond the cuts outlined by party leaders. The goal, he said, is to fully return non-security discretionary spending to 2008 levels.
Jordan’s amendment is one of more than 400 that have been filed for the spending bill, and Straessle said he intends to push for a vote on it.