You cut, Congress decides
House Republicans say their YouCut program gave the public a voice in choosing what cuts should be made to the federal budget. Voting is held once a week on the YouCut Web site. From 2011 to 2012, 36 winning ideas — worth $252.8 billion in cuts over 10 years — were chosen by online voters. Of the 36 ideas, each sponsored by Republicans in the GOP-controlled House, only two became law. Read related article.
NOTE: In addition to the Top 10, 11 other departments or agencies (not charted) were targeted. Each had only one sponsored bill worth about $1 billion or less in cuts over 10 years.
SOURCE: YouCut, Congressional Budget Office, staff reports.
GRAPHIC: Emily Chow, Todd Lindeman and David Fahrenthold - The Washington Post. Published March 22, 2013.