Victims' Rights Caucus

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The House Republicans are voting this week to cut government spending this year by at least $60 billion in the Continuing Resolution (CR).

In addition to the baseCR bill,there are 583 amendments (at last count) being offered to the CR in the open process on the floor this week. Many of the Republican amendments would further cut spending and defund liberal policies.

Conservatives should monitor the debate all week in the House this week to track which of these key amendments are included in the final bill for final passage, which is expected on Thursday afternoon.

Having poured through the 583 amendments and gotten input from key conservatives, below is a list of the 10 most important amendments for conservatives to monitor this week.

1. Cut $20 Billion More (Amendment No. 104): As Chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), Rep. Jim Jordan (R.-Ohio) offered an amendment to further cut spending in the CR to get closer to the promises in the GOPs Pledge to America. The amendment is expected to be one of the very last voted on before final passage.

The current base text of the CR is $8 billion over the promised 2008 spending levels. Also, the CR cuts spending by $60 billion in this fiscal year, not the $100 billion cited in the Pledge. The RSCs amendments would further cut spending in the CR by reducing Congress own budget by an additional 11% and other non-security accounts by an additional 5.5% (with one exemption for aid to Israel.)

The RSC amendment would in effect cut spending back below 2008 levels (before the Democrats spending spree) and save an additional $19-$20 billion in non-security, discretionary spending.

2. Defund ObamaCare Implementation (Amendment No. 575): Rep. Denny Rehberg (R.-Mont.) introduced an amendment on Wednesday that would prohibit any funds from the Labor and Health and Human Services Agencies to be used to implement ObamaCare. Rehberg is the Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor and HHS.

This defunding of ObamaCare would be for the duration of this CR, which ends on September 30. Rehbergs amendment states that none of the funds made available by this [CR] may be used for any employee, officer, contractor, or grantee of any department or agency to implement the ObamaCare law.

Well defund ObamaCare one piece at a time. My amendment prevents funding from being used to implement ObamaCare while we continue to work for a full legislative or judicial repeal, said Rehberg in a statement after introducing his amendment.

3. Prohibit IRS Funding for ObamaCare (Amendment No. 274): Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R.-Wash.) offered an amendment that would prohibit any funds from the CR to be used to pay any employee, contractor, or grantee of the Internal Revenue Service to implement or enforce the provisions of, or amendments made by the healthcare law.

Rodgerss amendment mirrors a bill which she introduced two weeks ago which would prevent the IRS from hiring the estimated 17,000 new employees needed to enforce the individual mandate section of ObamaCare.

Rodgers said her bill would protect the constitutional right of every American to decide what healthcare is best for themselves and their families, while also saving taxpayers about $10 billion by preventing yet another unnecessary increase in the number of government employees.

4. Stop Net Neutrality (Amendment No. 9): Rep. Cliff Stearns (R.-Fla.) offered an amendment that restricts any CR funds from being used to implement the Report and Order of the Federal Communication Commission relating to the matter of preserving the open Internet and broadband industry practices. The FCC rules were adopted on December 21.

As Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committees Oversight Subcommittee, Stearns plans to outline