Reporting from Washington — On the heels of an uprising by rookie Republican lawmakers, House leaders Friday will unveil a new budget proposal that instructs appropriators to slice deeper to reduce the 2011 budget by the $100 billion the GOP promised voters last fall.
The new proposal is expected to produce steep cuts and may require job losses in government agencies, putting some elected officials in the difficult position of choosing between fiscal austerity or employment opportunity as the nation continues to struggle with high unemployment during the economic recovery.
Leadership's abrupt decision to re-craft the legislation was a victory for freshmen conservatives, who complained that the earlier proposal didn't go far enough, but it tightens an already narrow window for congressional action to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year. Congress faces a March 4 deadline to approve legislation and avoid a government shutdown.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday he is working to "make sure that this cut is as big as possible to send a signal that we're serious about cutting spending here in Washington."