By Erik Wasson - 09/29/11 03:58 PM EDT
House Appropriators on Thursday released a draft spending bill that ends funding for NPR and President Obama’s signature “Race to the Top” education program, in addition to defunding Obama’s healthcare reform and Planned Parenthood.
The bill also contains a number of pro-business, anti-union policy riders, including one that limits labor agreements with unions on federal projects and one that prohibits federal workers from union activities while on the clock at work.
The National Labor Relations Board is prohibited from implementing a host of regulation meant to ease union elections.
It is unclear whether these cuts will ever make it into law since they would also have to pass the Senate.
The $153.4 billion Labor, Health and Human Services bill reflects the August debt ceiling agreement that set overall 2012 federal discretionary spending at $1.043 trillion.
It is much greater than the $139.2 billion bill that House Republicans had sought to craft and fiscal conservatives Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) have been holding up the bill because they want the lower figure.
No subcommittee markup has yet been scheduled for the bill and the draft will most likely serve as a marker in conference negotiations over an omnibus spending bill funding the government after Nov. 18, when the current Senate-passed spending bill runs out.
The Department of Labor gets a $2.6 billion cut from 2011 levels; the biggest chunk comes out of the Employment Training Administration. In contrast, a program for unemployed veterans — an issue Obama has championed — gets a $15.4 million increase next year, $10 million more than Obama sought for it.