Obama wins more spending cuts than Bush

As reported by the Washington Times, one of the more conservative mainstream papers:

President Obama notched substantial successes in spending cuts last year, winning 60 percent of his proposed cuts and managing to get Congress to ax several programs that had bedeviled President George W. Bush for years. The administration says Congress accepted at least $6.9 billion of the $11.3 billion in discretionary spending cuts Mr. Obama proposed for the current fiscal year. An analysis by The Washington Times found that Mr. Obama was victorious in getting Congress to slash 24 programs and achieved some level of success in reducing nine other programs… By comparison, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget says Mr. Bush won 40 percent of his spending cuts in fiscal 2006 and won less than 15 percent of his proposed cuts for 2007 and 2008.

I’m not sure where to look up the success of Bush’s spending-cutting proposals every year in office, or the exact (or approximate) dollar amounts either president saved.

A warm cookie for the reader who points me in the right direction.

Update: Cookie offer void. Matt Welch points out Obama’s cuts account for >one half of one percent of the federal budget.

One Response

  1. This is an interesting blurb of statistics. It would be helpful to know much spending Bush tried to cut, not what percentage of it was successful.

    The Obama budget cuts have been famously misleading. I urge anyone to watch this video…

    This graph is also interesting…


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