Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Does this make a dent?

I've called around and it seems that not everyone has seen the list of the proposed GOP budget cuts…These are not big cuts in most areas and each area has been left with more than enough to continue doing whatever they are doing…Certainly we were hoping they would make some major cuts in some departments such as EPA as well as others that would limit what they are doing. Didn't happen….

There will be lots of noise about how crippling these cuts are for government. However, the individual agencies have such bloated budgets they won't miss a beat.

Hopefully, we have enough time before this bill comes to a vote to think about each of the cuts and time to make any suggestion we have to the powers that be...

This is the List of 70 Spending Cuts to be Included in the CR follows:
·         Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies   -$30M
·         Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy   -$899M
·         Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability   -$49M
·         Nuclear Energy   -$169M
·         Fossil Energy Research   -$31M
·         Clean Coal Technology   -$18M
·         Strategic Petroleum Reserve   -$15M
·         Energy Information Administration   -$34M
·         Office of Science   -$1.1B
·         Power Marketing Administrations   -$52M
·         Department of Treasury   -$268M
·         Internal Revenue Service   -$593M
·         Treasury Forfeiture Fund   -$338M
·         GSA Federal Buildings Fund   -$1.7B
·         ONDCP   -$69M
·         International Trade Administration   -$93M
·         Economic Development Assistance   -$16M
·         Minority Business Development Agency   -$2M
·         National Institute of Standards and Technology   -$186M
·         NOAA   -$336M
·         National Drug Intelligence Center   -$11M
·         Law Enforcement Wireless Communications   -$52M
·         US Marshals Service   -$10M
·         FBI   -$74M
·         State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance   -$256M
·         Juvenile Justice   -$2.3M
·         COPS   -$600M
·         NASA   -$379M
·         NSF   -$139M
·         Legal Services Corporation   -$75M
·         EPA   -$1.6B
·         Food Safety and Inspection Services   -$53M
·         Farm Service Agency   -$201M
·         Agriculture Research   -$246M
·         Natural Resource Conservation Service   -$46M
·         Rural Development Programs   -$237M
·         WIC   -$758M
·         International Food Aid grants   -$544M
·         FDA   -$220M
·         Land and Water Conservation Fund   -$348M
·         National Archives and Record Service   -$20M
·         DOE Loan Guarantee Authority   -$1.4B
·         EPA ENERGY STAR   -$7.4M
·         EPA GHG Reporting Registry   -$9M
·         USGS   -$27M
·         EPA Cap and Trade Technical Assistance   -$5M
·         EPA State and Local Air Quality Management   -$25M
·         Fish and Wildlife Service   -$72M
·         Smithsonian   -$7.3M
·         National Park Service   -$51M
·         Clean Water State Revolving Fund   -$700M
·         Drinking Water State Revolving Fund   -$250M
·         EPA Brownfields   -$48M
·         Forest Service   -$38M
·         National Endowment for the Arts   -$6M
·         National Endowment for the Humanities   -$6M
·         Job Training Programs  -$2B
·         Community Health Centers  -$1.3B
·         Maternal and Child Health Block Grants  -$210M
·         Family Planning  -$327M
·         Poison Control Centers  -$27M
·         CDC   -$755M
·         NIH   -$1B
·         Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services   -$96M
·         LIHEAP Contingency fund   -$400M
·         Community Services Block Grant   -$405M
·         High Speed Rail   -$1B
·         FAA Next Gen   -$234M
·         Amtrak   -$224M
·         HUD Community Development Fund   -$530M
Just pick one of these such as High Speed Rail and you have to wonder why this is on budget along with it's sister Amtrak…. People are not using Amtrak. Look at all the Housing programs hidden behind different names.

Anyway, here is the news about the GOP cuts…. At this point we can't even guess what will stay in the bill and what will be traded off….

I guess our leaders have been practical and done what they feel they can get through both houses. The vote on the debt ceiling will be where the trading gets done.

I want to thank all of you that begun to use my e-mail for comments and discussions. It is so much easier for me to respond.



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