Cantor: 2012 appropriations bills make good on GOP campaign ‘Pledge’

In a Tuesday memo to members of the House Republican caucus, House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorEric Cantor: Moore ‘deserves to lose’ If we want to make immigration great again, let's make it bipartisan Top Lobbyists 2017: Hired Guns MORE (R-Va.) brags that together the 12 appropriations bills for 2012 make good on the GOP's 2010 campaign Pledge to America. 

With that pledge, the GOP vowed to return spending levels to 2008 levels with exceptions for seniors, veterans and the military.

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Cantor notes that the 2012 appropriations bill, with the Defense, Military Construction and Veterans titles taken out is $2.12 billion below 2008 levels.

“The Appropriations Committee has not just met our Pledge, they’ve exceeded it,” Cantor claims.

The exact wording of the pledge however was that the GOP would “cut spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels saving at least $100 billion in the first year alone.”

Many House conservatives remain disappointed that $100 billion in spending cuts were not achieved in the fight over 2011 spending. They had read the Pledge to apply to 2011 not to 2012.

The fight over 2012 spending led to a deal reducing non-defense spending by about $40 billion.

In his memo, Cantor lays out a path for all 12 annual appropriations bills to be completed by the start of fiscal 2012. He says he is “proud” that Congress has returned to regular order for the bills, something that did not happen last year.

All 12 of the bills are to be reported out of the House Appropriations Committee by Aug. 3 under the plan. The bills with the biggest cuts – Transportation and Housing; Labor, Health and Human Services; and State and Foreign Operations—will come to the floor the weeks of Sept. 5 and Sept. 19.