Millions Will Feel GOP Spending Cuts

Posted on January 19, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

The national parks, public schools, local arts programs, babies of poor mothers, college students, space scientists, and elderly low-income home owners are just a few of the organizations and individuals that will take big time financial hits if House Republicans make good on their plans to ratchet back government spending to Bush-era levels.

To fulfill the GOP promise to cut $100 billion from the federal budget, the House Rules Committee is considering a resolution to “reduce spending through a transition of non-security spending at fiscal year 2008 levels.” The resolution gives Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), chairman of the Budget Committee, the power to set spending levels for the Appropriations Committee for the remainder of fiscal year 2011 with a mandate to cut budgets for domestic agencies back to 2008 spending levels.

The real-world impact of such a move means cutting about $1 of every $6 spent for things like education, housing, health care, law enforcement, and energy by agencies like the FBI, NASA, National Endowment for the Arts, DOE, National Park Service, the IRS and more.

The “non-security” language in the resolution means that the Republicans aren’t including the Pentagon and Homeland Security in its budget cutting plans.

Still, the actual spending cuts would have to be made in appropriations bills that must be approved by the Senate, where Democrats still hold the majority.

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