House Republican Study Committee document recommends huge cuts

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(Gold9472: What about doing away with the precious tax breaks for the rich? What about cutting subsidizes to petroleum companies? What about pulling out of Iraq?)

John Byrne

An internal Republican Study Committee document which is now available online and was simultaneously leaked to RAW STORY Thursday outlines an array of huge cuts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, including the elimination of funding for Amtrak and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The document was first reported on by Roll Call.

RAW STORY has analyzed the pages and presented some of the more specific cuts. At this stage, these are cuts proposed by the Committee, which is composed of 86 House Republicans.

“Now is the time for us to begin to make the tough choices,” RSC Chairman Mike Pence (Ind.) told Roll Call, who asserted the proposal was only “a list of suggested cuts, not an exclusive list” and that “not every member of the [RSC] will agree with every cut.”

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) and Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL) are not listed as members of the Committee.