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But the House GOP’s budget cuts for this fiscal year’s final seven months would “actually exceed the commitment made by House Republicans … which vowed to pull spending back to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels, achieving $100 billion in savings compared to the president’s fiscal 2011 budget request over the course of a full fiscal year,” the speaker’s office said in a statement.

Meantime, the national news media is full of dire warnings of a budget showdown that could lead to a government shutdown if the two parties cannot reach agreement on a budget to run the federal government through September.

This kind of showdown has happened many times before, and the outcome will be the same this time as it has in the past, both sides finding a way to keep the government funded. With both houses in recess this week, it’s unlikely that they can achieve a compromise budget by March 4, so another continuing resolution will be approved for a couple of weeks or more to buy time to reach a deal.

House and Senate Democratic leaders are as much to blame for this budgetary chaos as they are for the excessive spending that has pushed this year’s monster deficit to a record $1.6 trillion.

Democrats fled Washington in the fall to campaign in the midterm elections, leaving behind a messy pile of unfinished, unenacted spending bills and the government without a budget.

Before scurrying out of town to face the voters, many for the last time, they passed a continuing resolution to keep the government running at Mr. Obama’s existing, gold-plated funding levels. Last week’s triage surgery on that continuing resolution is the House GOP’s first draft attempt to cut the federal government down to a more affordable size.

Donald Lambro is a syndicated columnist and former chief political correspondent for The Washington Times.