Some Republicans are finding that keeping the promise of cutting spending becomes a lot tougher once the cutting actually begins. Republicans are promising to cut up to $84 billion from nine appropriations bills -- an average of about 18 percent. Although it would be a symbolic move, a resolution is expected to pass next week to take spending back to 2008 pre-recession levels. Actual cuts would have to be in specific appropriations bills. But the IRS, the FBI, NASA and the National Park Service cut all be cut.
Retired former Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey, D-Wis., says cutting aid to the poor is problematic. Cuts to the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program means some constituents will either have no way to heat their homes "or they're going to have to decide to eat less or see the doctor less."
Cutting NASA's budget will be especially hard for Republicans from Texas, Florida and Alabama -- home to thousands of NASA jobs.