Moderate GOP Unites with Dems to Block Cuts

Thursday, 17 Feb 2011 10:35 AM

By Dan Weil

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Republicans aren’t united on how far to cut spending, just like the Democrats. Moderate Republicans banded together with Democrats on several House votes Wednesday in favor of spending, Politico reports.

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For example, 68 Republicans joined with Democrats to maintain at least reduced funding for legal aid to the poor. Just afterward 70 Republicans joined 158 Democrats to keep $280 million for the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), a pet program of Vice President Joe Biden. And 132 Republicans supported an amendment by Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., to restore $510 million for Homeland Security spending on first responders.

It looks like the GOP moderates will represent a thorn in the side for fiscal hawks as they seek deeper cuts in government spending.

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