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GOP Lawmakers Unveil $2.5-Trillion Spending Cuts Package

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Less than a week before President Obama is set to deliver his State of the Union address next Tuesday, a group of House Republicans Thursday introduced a proposal to cut spending from more than 100 federal programs and cut back spending levels by $2.5 trillion over the next decade.

The bill, known as the Spending Reduction Act, would hold non-security discretionary spending for Fiscal Year 2011 to FY 2008 levels, and freeze non-defense discretionary spending to FY 2006 levels for a 10-year budget window -- saving almost $2.3 trillion over the next 10 years, according to the Republican Study Committee (RSC).

Rep. Jim Jordan, Chairman of the RSC, said if the Congress does not act soon to make serious cuts to spending, the growing national debt could spark a new financial crisis.

The national debt has nearly doubled over the past four years, from $8.6 trillion to $14 trillion. Compared to current projections from the Congressional Budget Office, Jordan said the bill would save taxpayers an estimated $2.5 trillion through 2021.

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House Passes Bill Repealing Health Care Law 

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- After two days of lively debate, the House of Representatives Wednesday voted to repeal the health care law, even as Democrats and Obama administration officials used the renewed debate to highlight its benefits.

On Thursday, the House will hold another vote calling on four committees to begin work on crafting a replacement bill that will yank some of the most contentious parts of the bill, such as the changes to Medicare Advantage and the requirement that all Americans must purchase health insurance by 2014. In nearly two days of debate, Republicans argued against the idea that the bill would create jobs and cut costs, while Democrats touted the benefits of the new law and the negative impact on Americans were it to be repealed.

The bill has little chance of being taken up in the Democratically-controlled Senate, but GOP lawmakers said their vote was still important.

"This is not symbolic. This is why we were sent here," Rep. Michelle Bachman, R-Minn., founder of the Tea Party caucus said on the House floor Wednesday.

The House Republican leadership instead challenged the Senate Democratic leadership to bring it up for debate.

But President Obama is unlikely to sign any bill that would repeal the $1 trillion health care law.

"I'm willing and eager to work with both Democrats and Republicans to improve the Affordable Care Act. But we can't go backward," the president said in a statement Tuesday.

A majority of Americans continue to oppose the law, which will bring a myriad of changes to the U.S. health care system in the next few years.

Forty-six percent in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, released Tuesday, think the law is likely to cut jobs, eight points more than those who think it will create them. Even more, 54 percent, think the law is more apt to hurt than help the economy, and 62 percent see it as increasing rather than decreasing the federal deficit.

Yet, most Americans do not want to see the law repealed. Only 37 percent of those polled favored repealing all or parts of the law. The rest either support it, or want to wait and see its effects.

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House GOP's New Majority Leadership Team Unveiled

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The GOP’s new House majority leadership team was unveiled before cameras Thursday, with Republicans pledging to bring reforms to Congress and thanking voters for the second-chance opportunity they provided Republicans when they swept into the majority earlier this month.

Speaker-designate John Boehner, R-Ohio, said that voters brought the new majority into place because Americans want a Congress that “focuses on the people's priorities,” which he identified as “cutting spending, creating jobs, and reforming the way Congress does its work.”

Boehner said that Republicans will work in the next session of Congress to implement proposals spelled out in the Pledge to America and they will fight for a smaller, less costly and more accountable federal government.

Boehner said he was proud of the GOP conference for its choices in Wednesday’s leadership election.

“We have a team that represents the broad consensus, the broad diversity of our party, and I'm looking forward to working with them on dealing with the priorities that the American people have sent us here to deal with,” Boehner said.

The full House Republican Leadership team is as follows:

Speaker of the House: Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio)
Majority Leader: Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.)
Majority Whip: Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)
Conference Chairman: Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas)
NRCC Chairman: Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas)
Policy Committee Chairman: Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.)
Conference Vice Chair: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.)
Conference Secretary: Rep. John Carter (R-Texas)
Freshman Representative: Rep.-elect Kristi Noem (R-S.D.)
Freshman Representative: Rep.-elect Tim Scott (R-S.C.)
Rules Committee Representative: Rep. David Dreier (R-Calif.)
Chairman of the Leadership: Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.)

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