Republicans propose cutting $1.1 billion from the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, which is the nation’s largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences. The plan calls for a $1 billion budget cut at the National Institutes of Health, the federal government’s medical research agency. The Centers for Disease Control would see its funding drop by $755 million. Agricultural research would be cut by $246 million.But don't touch our precious war machine!
The spending plan, which will go to the House floor for a vote next week, also calls for eliminating $1 billion in funding for high-speed rail projects, a program that Obama wants to spend $53 billion on over the next six years. Amtrak would face a $224 million budget cut.
Among the other cuts:
* The Department of Energy’s loan-guarantee program, which supports loans for clean-energy projects, would be reduced by $1.4 billion.
* Spending on other energy efficiency and renewable energy programs would be cut by nearly $900 million.
* The Environmental Protection Agency would have $1.6 billion less to spend, making it harder for the agency to proceed with regulations on greenhouse gas emissions.
Appropriators also hacked away at popular, less controversial programs, cutting $600 million in funding that helps localities hire additional police officers and $758 million in food assistance to low-income women and their children. Funding for community health centers would be cut by $1.3 billion, and $2 billion less would be available for job-training programs.
February 14, 2011
Posted by Undeniable Liberal at 2/14/2011 03:58:00 PM