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Oct 18 2011

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann called key player in YouCut effort

A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., issued a news release last week saying his boss would lead YouCut, an online voting program that gives Americans the chance to select which government programs Congress should cut.

In a 40-second video clip, Fleischmann did not name, explain or recommend any of the three suggested cuts, some of which could strip Tennessee of federal funding for construction jobs. Instead, the congressman encouraged people to go to YouCut's page, which is located on the website for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.

A Cantor spokeswoman said YouCut has attracted between 80,000 and 120,000 votes during each of its nine rounds of voting since May. As of Monday afternoon, Fleischmann's introductory video had 71 YouTube views.

After Cantor's office counts the votes, Fleischmann is expected to introduce legislation to terminate the program online voters believe to be "most wasteful" -- the U.S. Institute for Peace, the Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program or the Department of Transportation's National Scenic Byways Program.

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