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 MarkeyEd MarkeyOvernight Healthcare: GOP plan marks new phase in ObamaCare fight Overnight Healthcare: Dems trying to force Zika vote | White House tries to stall opioids bill for $$ | Free Lyft rides from ObamaCare Overnight Healthcare: New momentum to lift ban on gay men donating blood MORE (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.


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