Posted by: reddiva | June 11, 2010

YouCut – OR WE WILL!

Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA7)  introduced on behalf of Republican Congressmen a program entitled YouCut which was designed to provide direct feedback from American citizens.  This program, introduced in early May this year, provides a selection of federal spending cuts for Americans to decide which should go.

Mr. Cantor has been true to his word.  To this point, each topic selected has been presented by a Republican on the House Floor and promptly voted down by Democrats.  But the point is they have been offered by the Republicans.  So at least this much of our voices are being heard.  That’s step one.  Step two is for us not to give up – keep checking on these proposed spending cuts, stating our preferences and follow up with the Democratic Congressmen via emails and phone calls to make them understand that we take this program very seriously, and we expect.. no, we DEMAND their action on behalf of the people who pay their salaries.

The email below is the kind of report I receive from Mr. Cantor’s office each time one of the proposals is introduced.

The YouCut citizen movement is making a difference – across the country and inside the Capitol. We have heard from over 520,000 voices putting Washington on notice that now is the time to get spending under control.

Rep. Michele Bachmann offered this week’s winning cut on the House Floor; an amendment to eliminate a pay raise for federal government employees – including right here in the Capitol – saving the taxpayers over $30 billion.

The Democrats gaveled it down from the Speaker’s chair, shutting down debate. The reason the Democrat Majority gave? It would prevent federal workers on Capitol Hill from getting a pay raise, so it could not be considered. That is literally the reason they gave. It is astounding, and an affront to every small businessperson and struggling family across this country.

The up-or-down vote was clear, the majority in the U.S. House voted to allow pay raises for non-military federal employees, while the rest of the country is facing pay cuts. Click here to see where each Representative stood on this vote.

By forcing YouCut votes, backed with your support, we are beginning to change the culture here in Washington. We will not stop until we have brought spending under control.

The next five cuts are already posted on the YouCut website. Many of the items were submitted – including this week’s winner – by people just like you, who want to see Washington halt its runaway spending.

You are making your voice heard loud and clear in your nation’s capital – together, we are making history.


Eric Cantor
House Republican Whip

Be sure to check out the video of the actions of our elected representatives as Congressman Michele Bachman (R-MN6) introduces the amendment.  Listen for yourselves to the voices as they record the YAY and NAY votes.



  1. Thanks for putting this out there, Red. I’m searching for words to express my outrage with the Dems but they don’t come easily.
    One talk show host made it clear, “Nothing seems to be making sense anymore.”


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