House Appropriations announces partial list of spending cuts
A full list of program cuts will be released when the bill is formally introduced.
Based on the 2010 spending levels included in the CR, the proposed cuts eliminate funding for AmeriCorps — saving $373 million — family planning assistance, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting — saving $531 million — and a program that helps local police departments hire new officers, for another savings of $298 million.
The plan also ends all weatherization programs, including for homes and office buildings.
The cuts announced Wednesday are all from President Obama’s fiscal 2011 request that wasn’t enacted and include $268 million from the Treasury Department, $593 million from the IRS, $899 million from energy efficient and renewable energy, and $700 million from the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, which provides nutritional support to low-income women and their young children.
The proposed cuts, compared with levels enacted for 2010, are an estimated $32 billion.
The package cuts $1 billion from high-speed rail, eliminating all subsidies, after the Obama administration announced on Tuesday a six-year $53 billion investment plan into high-speed rail.
House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) had initially promised cuts of up to $100 billion then lowered his estimate to $60 billion. House conservatives are pressing their party leaders to find the full $100 billion although the fiscal year is almost five months old.
“Never before has Congress undertaken a task of this magnitude,” Rogers said.
“Make no mistake, these cuts are not low-hanging fruit,” he said. “These cuts are real and will impact every district across the country, including my own. As I have often said, every dollar we cut has a constituency, an industry, an association, and individual citizens who will disagree with us. But with this CR, we will respond to the millions of Americans who have called on this Congress to rein in spending to help our economy grow and our businesses create jobs.”
Although the figure show cuts to the FBI, the agency would see a 4 percent increase in spending compared with 2010 levels.
The 70 spending cuts to the White House’s fiscal 2011 requests are as follows:
Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies -$30M
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy -$899M
Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability -$49M
Nuclear Energy -$169M
Fossil Energy Research -$31M
Clean Coal Technology -$18M
Strategic Petroleum Reserve -$15M
Energy Information Administration -$34M
Office of Science -$1.1B
Power Marketing Administrations -$52M
Department of Treasury -$268M
Internal Revenue Service -$593M
Treasury Forfeiture Fund -$338M
GSA Federal Buildings Fund -$1.7B
International Trade Administration -$93M
Economic Development Assistance -$16M
Minority Business Development Agency -$2M
National Institute of Standards and Technology -$186M
National Drug Intelligence Center -$11M
Law Enforcement Wireless Communications -$52M
US Marshals Service -$10M
State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance -$256M
Juvenile Justice -$2.3M
Legal Services Corporation -$75M
Food Safety and Inspection Services -$53M
Farm Service Agency -$201M
Agriculture Research -$246M
Natural Resource Conservation Service -$46M
Rural Development Programs -$237M
International Food Aid grants -$544M
Land and Water Conservation Fund -$348M
National Archives and Record Service -$20M
DOE Loan Guarantee Authority -$1.4B
EPA ENERGY STAR -$7.4M
EPA GHG Reporting Registry -$9M
EPA Cap and Trade Technical Assistance -$5M
EPA State and Local Air Quality Management -$25M
Fish and Wildlife Service -$72M
National Park Service -$51M
Clean Water State Revolving Fund -$700M
Drinking Water State Revolving Fund -$250M
EPA Brownfields -$48M
Forest Service -$38M
National Endowment for the Arts -$6M
National Endowment for the Humanities -$6M
Job Training Programs -$2B
Community Health Centers -$1.3B
Maternal and Child Health Block Grants -$210M
Family Planning -$327M
Poison Control Centers -$27M
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services -$96M
LIHEAP Contingency fund -$400M
Community Services Block Grant -$405M
High Speed Rail -$1B
FAA Next Gen -$234M
HUD Community Development Fund -$530M
This story was updated at 6:30 p.m.