The Corner

‘$2 Billion’

Where McConnell is coming from:

In the nearly two-hour-long White House meeting Monday afternoon during which leaders reviewed savings found last month by a group led by Vice President Joseph Biden, McConnell asked only one question, according to a Republican source familiar with the talks.

“How much does the Biden plan actually cut from next year’s discretionary spending budget?” the Kentucky Republican asked the room.

Obama’s Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew told him, “$2 billion.”

A second source close to the original Biden group confirmed this number.

UPDATE: Because a commenter asked, the Ryan budget would cut non-defense discretionary spending by $69 billion in FY 2011, and by $1.8 trillion over the next decade. (Total spending would decrease by $5.8 trillion over the next decade).

Daniel FosterDaniel Foster is a former news editor of National Review Online.

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