Their plans come one week before the President is expected to release his fiscal 2013 budget. The White House proposal is likely to include the $500 billion in sequestration cuts to defense spending said Molly Hooper, a staff writer with The Hill.
Hooper said to expect Republicans to come out with their version of a fiscal 2013 proposal.
“The Republicans who are anathema to cut the $500 billion … are trying to find ways to substitute that money in other portions of their budget,” Hooper said in an interview with The Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Last week, a group of Republican senators led by Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl proposed a budget plan that targets federal pay and benefits to prevent the defense cuts. The plan would extend the pay freeze through mid-2014 and require that only two federal employees be hired for every three that leave until the federal workforce is 5 percent smaller than today’s numbers.
‘Bold’ changes unlikely
Last year, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), chairman of the House Budget Committee, released a budget proposal outlining sweeping changes to entitlements. Ryan “took a lot of heat” for his proposals, Hooper said. This year, Republicans can be expected to take a different tone. For example, Ryan has been working with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) on Medicare reform.
The campaign season will also prevent “anything bold” from being proposed.
“It’s such a politically charged environment on Capitol Hill, and with that dynamic, it’s very difficult to get things done,” Hooper said.