Even if some people lose their jobs, the American public is ready to accept major cuts in government spending prompted by the Gramm-Rudman proposal to reduce the federal deficit, Rep. William E. Dannemeyer (R-Fullerton) said Friday.
Dannemeyer, one of six Republican candidates for Alan Cranston's U. S. Senate seat, called a press conference in Santa Ana to challenge Cranston's claim one day earlier that the Gramm-Rudman bill could not be implemented without "a mindless, thoughtless, across-the-board cut in every program without regard to priorities."
The bill, which President Reagan signed in December, requires automatic spending cuts each year if Congress and the President are unable to eliminate a portion of the $180-billion deficit. The bill also calls for a balanced budget by 1991.
Dannemeyer said that making those cutbacks will take courage on the part of Congress and the American public. But people are ready to accept significant cuts in government service--even if it costs them their jobs, Dannemeyer said.