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2005/9/14-17 [Politics/Domestic/911, Politics/Domestic/President/Bush] UID:39670 Activity:nil
9/14    Tom Delay: There's simply no fat left to cut in federal budget.
        http://www.washtimes.com/national/20050914-120153-3878r.htm
        \_ Isn't this the guy who's pretty clearly been taking bribes?
           \_ Apparently he's decided to go into comedy. " Asked if that
              meant the government was running at peak efficiency, Mr.
              DeLay said, "Yes, after 11 years of Republican majority
              we've pared it down pretty good.""
                \_ Yes, I'm sure his campaign donors are being rewarded
                   as "efficiently" as possible.
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Add To Insider Newsclips advertisement DeLay declares 'victory' in war on budget fat By Amy Fagan and Stephen Dinan THE WASHINGTON TIMES September 14, 2005 House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said yesterday that Republicans have done so well in cutting spending that he declared an "ongoing victory," and said there is simply no fat left to cut in the federal budget. Mr DeLay was defending Republicans' choice to borrow money and add t o this year's expected $331 billion deficit to pay for Hurricane Katrina relief. Some Republicans have said Congress should make cuts in other a reas, but Mr DeLay said that doesn't seem possible. "My answer to those that want to offset the spending is sure, bring m e the offsets, I'll be glad to do it. But nobody has been able to come u p with any yet," the Texas Republican told reporters at his weekly brief ing. Asked if that meant the government was running at peak efficiency, Mr DeLay said, "Yes, after 11 years of Republican majority we've pared it down pretty good." Republican leaders have been under pressure from conservative members and outside watchdog groups to find ways to pay for the Katrina relief. Some Republicans wanted to offer an amendment, including cuts, to pay f or hurricane spending but were denied the chance under procedural rules. American Conservative Union Chairman David A Keene said federal spen ding already was "spiraling out of control" before Katrina, and conserva tives are "increasingly losing faith in the president and the Republican leadership in Congress." "Excluding military and homeland security, American taxpayers have wi tnessed the largest spending increase under any preceding president and Congress since the Great Depression," he said. Mr Keene said annual nonmilitary and non-homeland security spending increased $303 billion between fiscal year 2001 and 2005; the acknowledg ed federal debt increased more than $2 trillion since fiscal year 2000; and the 2003 Medicare prescription drug bill is estimated to increase th e government's unfunded obligations by $16 trillion. Tom Schatz, president of Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), sa id if Mr DeLay wants to know where to cut, "there are plenty of places to reduce." His group soon will release a list of $2 trillion in suggested spendi ng cuts over the next five years, and he said Congress also could cut th e estimated $20 billion to $25 billion in pet projects that make their w ay into must-pass spending bills each year.