WASHINGTON, D.C., January 20, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A GOP plan to drastically reduce spending and place the United States on a path to fiscal responsibility would eliminate money for both Title X “family planning” and the administration costs of implementing the pro-abortion national health care reform law.
The GOP plan is the brainchild of the conservative House Republican Study Committee (RSC), and would save the federal government $2.5 trillion over the next ten years. U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), chairman of the RSC, unveiled the “Spending Reduction Act of 2011” at a Capitol Hill press conference today.
The act would amend the current FY 2011 continuing resolution (CR) and reduce the federal government’s spending levels in a three-step process. First, the legislation would slash non-defense, non-homeland security, non-veterans spending for this fiscal year to FY 2008 levels. Secondly, all non-defense spending after this fiscal year would be reduced to FY 2006 levels until 2021, eliminating the practice of automatic appropriations increases for inflation, yielding a savings of $2.29 trillion.
However, the third component in the RSC plan is cutting more than 100 programs from the budget.
Two such programs on the chopping block of interest to right-to-life groups are the Title X family planning program, and funding that would implement the health care law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), passed by the Democrat-controlled Congress last March.
Title X disburses annually at least $318 million in taxpayer dollars to family planning clinics that provide contraception, which includes abortion-providers such as Planned Parenthood.
The RSC proposal would also defund for FY 2011 the implementation of the PPACA and prohibit any federal funds from defending the health care law in court against lawsuits. Over half of U.S. states, including several filing separate suits on their own behalf, have sued the federal government, saying the law is unconstitutional. The RSC says this cut will mean $80 billion in savings.
Also on the chopping block is the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which is a big promoter of population control policies in countries all over the globe, such as the Philippines http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/archive/ldn/2010/sep/10090210. The federal agency was also revealed to have funded groups lobbying Kenyans to vote “yes” on the pro-abortion constitution endorsed by President Barack Obama in the run up to that country’s August 2010 constitutional referendum.
Eliminating USAID, RSC estimates, would save the U.S. government $1.39 billion every year.