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House GOP busy on first full day in power

January 6, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
On their first full day in power, House Republicans wasted no time, launching an assault on the policies of the Obama Administration.Thursday started with a full reading of the constitution, designed to suggest that Republicans will be more attentive to the nation's founding document.

House members moved to repeal the new health care reform law. The effort to repeal the law is expected to pass in the House but fail in the Senate, going nowhere.

Republicans' pledge to cut $100 billion from the budget in one year likely won't be kept.

"We are going to accomplish more than $100 billion in cuts over the term of this Congress," Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said to ABC's George Stephanopoulos.

When asked about the promise to cut that amount in one year, Cantor replied, "What we promised was we're going to bring spending down to '08 levels."

The first spending cut measure to come to the floor was imposing a 5 percent spending cut on lawmakers' budgets for office expenses and staff salaries.

A spokesperson for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday's cut "is just the first installment," and that further cuts are possible when Republicans wrap up the 2011 budget process in coming months.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.