Susan Ferrechio has a story up on the conservative backlash against the budget deal, and that isn't likely to abate after today's developments. First, the GOP waited until 2 a.m. to release the details of the agreement, while an Associated Press story reports that many of the cuts that were counted were intended to be one time spending items while others were cuts that Obama had already intended anyway.
The AP notes:
(T)he cuts that actually will make it into law are far tamer, including cuts to earmarks, unspent census money, leftover federal construction funding, and $2.5 billion from the most recent renewal of highway programs that can't be spent because of restrictions set by other legislation. Another $3.5 billion comes from unused spending authority from a program providing health care to children of lower-income families.
About $10 billion of the cuts already have been enacted as the price for keeping the government open as negotiations progressed; lawmakers tipped their hand regarding another $10 billion or so when the House passed a spending bill last week that ran aground in the Senate.
For instance, the spending measure reaps $350 million by cutting a one-year program enacted in 2009 for dairy farmers then suffering from low milk prices. Another $650 million comes by not repeating a one-time infusion into highway programs passed that same year. And just last Friday, Congress approved Obama's $1 billion request for high-speed rail grants — crediting themselves with $1.5 billion in savings relative to last year.
Meanwhile, House Republicans have released a summary of cuts here.