House Republicans today unveiled the “Spending Reduction Act,” a measure that officials say would save $2.5 trillion over the next decade, bringing non-military spending back to the 2006 levels and eliminating dozens of programs.
Amongst the programs ended would be the US Agency for International Development (USAID), which has been heavily active in rebuilding projects in occupied Afghanistan, but which has come under massive criticism for its inability to either accomplish anything meaningful or account for where most of the money went.
It doesn’t, however, touch the military budget, which has continued to hit new records every year. Though the Pentagon has proposed some “cuts” these will only be cuts in the rate of military growth, and not in absolute spending.
But avoiding the Defense Department in today’s act doesn’t mean such cuts won’t eventually be debated, as a number of incoming Republican Congressmen have insisted the out of control war spending must eventually be tackled if the budget is to be balanced.