Conservatives Want Spending Cut $90 Billion More

By Andrew Taylor | January 20, 2011 | 5:47 PM EST

Washington (AP) - House conservatives are vowing to slash domestic programs well beyond the already steep spending cuts promised by GOP leaders in the midterm election campaign that put Republicans in control of the chamber.

A proposal unveiled Thursday by the Republican Study Committee, whose conservative members make up about three-fourths of the House GOP conference, called for bringing domestic agency budgets down to the 2006 levels in place when Republicans last controlled Congress. That's about a $175 billion cut from current levels and roughly $90 billion more than the cuts promised by Republicans last fall.

Behind the scenes, conservatives are pressuring GOP leaders to deliver on a promise to immediately pass legislation cutting Cabinet budgets by $100 billion this fiscal year, which began Oct. 1 and is already one-third over.