House descends into federal budget-cutting chaos, just as planned
House amendments to cut the federal budget kept coming Friday, with Senate Democrats and the White House steeling for a fight. But Republicans say it's 'the House working its will.'
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But in a development that surprised members on both sides of the aisle, the votes have not always been along strict, partisan lines
- Bipartisan coalitions this week rallied to boost resources for police and firefighters, adding $298 million to funding for the popular Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program and $510 million for firefighter-assistance grants.
- Sixty Republicans joined 190 Democrats to reject an amendment that would have defunded the National Labor Relations Board.
- Ninety-two Republicans, including majority leader Eric Cantor (R) of Ohio, joined all Democrats in defeating an amendment by Rep. Jim Jordan (R) of Ohio to cut spending by another $22 billion.
Conservatives, including most of the 87-member freshman class, had pushed hard for deep cuts. At their demand, House GOP leaders took to the floor a measure that proposed $62 billion in cuts. But Friday, they balked at accepting even deeper, across-the-board cuts.
The cuts the House has already endorsed appear to be far too deep already for the Senate and the White House, pointing to the prospect of a government shutdown. “The last thing the American people need is for congressional Republicans or Democrats to draw a line in the sand that hinders keeping the government open," said House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi in a press briefing on Friday.