This Week in Washington

This Week in Washington - Courtesy of the Office of Republican Whip Eric Cantor

Special  YouCut Edition May 14, 2010

Happy Friday! I would be updating you more on what's happening in Washington if there was more going on. However, earlier this week, the Republican House Economic Recovery Working Group led by Republican Whip Eric Cantor launched a new, exciting project named YouCutYouCut is a first-of-its-kind program to change the culture of spending in Washington. YouCut allows Americans to vote on wasteful government spending they would like to see cut by Congress.

Each week, the YouCut website will list five spending items that the American people can vote to cut. The following week, House Republicans will offer an up or down vote on the House floor to debate cutting the spending item that gets the most votes.

Launched on Wednesday, more than 150,000 Americans have already voted and made their voice heard. Republicans are taking cutting spending and the debt seriously. This small effort is only the beginning of what needs to be done to bring our fiscal house back in order, but we have to start somewhere.

Take a look at some of the many articles generating buzz and some GOP House Members' comments below...and don’t forget to vote!

Republican Members Spreading the Word: Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) Votes To Cut $600 Million Of Wasteful Spending Via YouCut. Check it out Here.   Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX):  YouCut Allows The Public To Play An Active Role In Eliminating Wasteful Spending.  Now you can have a say in the way Congress spends your money. House Republicans unveiled "YouCut" an online resource to collect input on how to cut government spending.  …  Woodlands Congressman Kevin Brady says they will also field suggestions. "On the site, the public will have an opportunity to identify what they think is wasteful spending; a program, an earmark, something they just believe that their money shouldn't be wasted on." Brady says the goal is to cut wasteful spending and reduce the federal deficit.  KTRH-AM   Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) Lauds High YouCut Participation … “I am simply astounded that YouCut has received over 70,000 votes in the last 24 hours, and the votes are still rapidly coming in. I thank all West Virginians who have taken time out their day to vote and make their voice heard. I assure you, we are listening.”  “When we take the first vote on the winning spending cut next week, we are hopeful that House Democrats will join us in voting for it. As our national debt continues to skyrocket, the time could not be better to take tangible steps toward changing the culture of spending in Washington.  WHSV-TV    Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) On YouCut, Start Small, Think Big.  Congressman Ander Crenshaw said every week they will list a few programs and you can vote on which to cut.  "And so this project You Cut, will give everybody in American a chance to participate in how we trim government spending," Crenshaw said.  Each week they will take the winner of the vote and try to force a vote in congress. "We are going to bring it up next week, vote on it, and force a vote as long as we can week after week after week," Crenshaw said. … "So there are going to be a series of small cuts. We are going to address it one spending cut at a time. If you cannot address the little things how are you every going to cut the big things," Crenshaw said. WOKV-AM

Media Buzz: 1. Tired of Big Government Spending? Then YouCut it! – Big Government – By Republican Whip Eric Cantor - Today, we are launching YouCut – a first-of-its-kind project designed to defeat the permissive culture of runaway spending in Congress.  It allows YOU to vote, both online and on your cell phone, on spending cuts that you want to see the House – YOUR HOUSE – enact. Read the rest of the op-ed here.    2. Cantor Goes "On The Record" to Discuss YouCut - Fox News' “On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren” - May 13, 2010 - "What we're saying here is we're going to listen. Vote on your priority, and we'll take it to an up-or-down vote on the floor,” Republican Whip Eric Cantor. See the full interview here.   3. House Republicans Unveil Initiative To Target Gov't Spending – CNN - House Republicans launched a new effort Wednesday designed to show their party is responding to voter backlash about excessive government spending.  Dubbed "YouCut," the initiative invites the public to vote online, or text on their cell phone, which government programs they want to put on the chopping block…House GOP Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia, who unveiled the effort Wednesday, explained, "This is meant to not only listen to the public as to where they feel their government should be headed, but also to change the culture of spending in Washington."  Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, the top Republican on the House Budget Committee, said, "The bias is in favor of taxing, spending and borrowing and we want to turn that around."  See the full report here   4. House GOP Looks To Reengage The Public With Government – Politico -  Republicans see this as an opportunity to pressure vulnerable members every week, by forcing them to continuously, however circuitously, vote on specific measures to cut spending. "Most Americans would certainly agree that Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi, [Majority Leader] Steny Hoyer and this Congress should spend more time finding ways to save money instead of spending all of their time spending it," said Brad Dayspring, a spokesman for House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.). See the full article here.   5. Federal Budget Deficit Hits April Record - The Treasury Department said Wednesday the April deficit soared to $82.7 billion, the largest imbalance for that month on record. That was significantly higher than last year's April deficit of $20 billion and above the $30 billion deficit private economists had anticipated. Read the full article here.

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