Republicans turn sights on arts funding

This evening the House also debated amendments to cut Title X funding, arts programs specific to the city of Washington D.C., and federal funding for some parks.

One particularly contentious issue was a proposed cut in funding to a federal program that provides assistance for heating for the poor known as the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) accused Republicans of having “frigid” hearts and Republican Rep. Charles Bass (N.H.) joined Democrats in opposing the cuts.

Like clockwork throughout the night Republicans continued to call up amendments that sought further cuts, while Democrats rose to defend programs that would suffer under the amendment.

On each item considered, Democrats have argued that the spending is relatively small when compared to the entire deficit. Republicans have countered that every cut counts.

All votes on amendments have been postponed to a future date, possibly Thursday.

The Republicans' budget being amended Wednesday night would provide $1 trillion in federal funding through September without amendments.