Republicans unveil YouCut II, now with real legislative power

This Congress, Republicans have already taken some of the winning YouCut proposals to the House floor and passed legislation cutting funding for those programs.

For instance, in January the House passed a bill to eliminate the unnecessary printing of new bills that lawmakers introduce.

Under federal law, the Government Printing Office prints and delivers a printed copy of every new bill introduced in Congress, at a cost of $7 million a year. Almost all — 13,683 in the last Congress — end up in the trash. But worst of all, the bills are all available online.

The House passed a bill ending this practice by a vote of 399-0 in January, but so far the Senate hasn’t lifted a finger to help.

The trio of freshmen hope the new, improved YouCut will help catalyze Senate action on non-controversial proposals like that.

“When someone can see that what their recommendation was on eliminating a wasteful program or a wasteful expense was – actually goes through the House of Representatives and passes, through the committee and the full House floor, and then goes to the Senate. And they have the ability to reach out to the senators and again, ask the senators to justify the expenditure if they won’t vote to cut it,” Scott said.

But even with YouCut, and the nation fixated on public debt like never before, it’s still a daunting challenge trying to cut the government down to size.

Asked what most surprised Mulvaney about Washington, he said it was just how bad the deficits really are and how massive the government is.

“Did you know that we spend a million dollars on mohair subsidies? There’s no reason for you to know that. No normal human being would ever know that. The exchange programs for Alaska native Hawaiians and their historical trading partners in Massachusetts is $9 million a year. There’s no way for an ordinary human being to know that the federal government does that,” Mulvaney said.

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  • J Baustian

    I just visited the “YouCut” website, and it was very disappointing. I was hoping to have an opportunity to vote to eliminate the Departments of Energy, Commerce, Agriculture, Labor, HUD, Transportation, Education, and Homeland Security. I wanted to get rid of EPA and cut contributions to the United Nations to zero.

    Come on, Majority Leader Cantor, don’t ask us if we want to cut these low-hanging fruit which should have been defunded years ago. Let us have the chance to consider and express our opinions on the really big items in the federal budget.

    • SignOfTheDollar

      No doubt your suggestions are only a starting point!

      In my estimation, about 75% of what the Federal government does is not authorized by Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution. George Washington had it right when he set up 4 departments – everything else is waste, fraud and abuse!

  • libertyatstake

    Very smart Intertubes politics. GOP pleasantly surprises LAS.

    “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

  • jakepoobear

    where do I start. Dept of Education, stop giving money to illegals, stop funding the UN,stop the perks for Congress, PBS, farmers subsidies who aren’t even farmers, Government workers paying for there own health care and pensions like the rest of us. there are so many things that could be cut it makes my brain bleed just thinking about them.

    • r37890

      “…farmers subsidies who aren’t even farmers.”

      How about just cutting farm subsidies completely? Why are we paying to subsidies to farmers keep food prices high, then paying food stamps to the poor so they can afford high food pricess? Only in government would anyone think this is a good idea.

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  • Raycheetah

    I have to laugh when I think about the fact that the Democrats have nothing comparable to offer. What would it be? YouTax? YouSpend?

    And when, inevitably, Harry Reid’s Democrat-controlled Senate quashes every one of these bills, it will add to a growing list of things which can (and should) be used against the Democrats in the 2012 elections. =^[.]^=

  • kingfish

    I think this is a great idea, and I like Billy’s comment about defunding the UN entirely. Entitlements should be put on the list LAST.

    The trillions in reductions should start NOW, not in 5 to 10 years. And ENTITLEMENTS (except for ILLEGALS) should NOT be touched until a BIG AXE is taken to the useless, incompetent, bloated federal agencies like Dept of Education, Energy, Homeland Insecurity, think-tanks, disfunctional committees, military fraud, waste and abuse, the 40 czars and their staffs, corporate welfare, consolidation of intel agencies and counter-intelligence budgets, black budgets with no oversight, and dozens of other useless federal programs.

    What tees me off is that NONE (not one) of these other cuts are even being discussed! Just medicare, medicaid, social security, and baby boomers)

  • FSU_dave

    This sounds like a great plan in theory, but what if the unions and Progressive groups nominate a budget cut that is against the Conservative ideology? Will the Repubs still put it up for a vote? Or are all the budget cuts already determined and we simply vote for them. That may work but then they are still controlling our options. Lord knows there are a ton of programs that could be cut dramatically or entirely. Good luck

  • BillyShaft

    How about we start with a quick defund of the UN entirely?

    • Willys

      The massive number of votes would probably crash the server.