Pushed by the new GOP freshmen to uphold a campaign pledge, the House Appropriations Committee announced moments ago that it plans to increase its proposed cuts to this year's budget from $74 billion to $100 billion from what President Obama had originally requested.
Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., had planned to release the appropriations bill today in anticipation of next week's vote, but pressure from the right prompted him to make deeper cuts.
The move comes after Republicans had been accused of breaking their "Pledge to America" issued during the campaign, in which the promised to cut $100 billion this year.
“After meeting with my subcommittee Chairs, we have determined that the CR can and will reach a total of $100 billion in cuts compared to the President’s request immediately - fully meeting the goal outlined in the Republican ‘Pledge to America’ in one fell swoop," Rogers said in a statement. "Our intent is to make deep but manageable cuts in nearly every area of government, leaving no stone unturned and allowing no agency or program to be held sacred. I have instructed my committee to include these deeper cuts, and we are continuing to work to complete this critical legislation.”