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of the Programs Proposed to be Cut in the 2011 Congressional Budget-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor: This is a list of the 2011
budget cuts proposed by Congress that will save the country $2.5
Trillion in the next ten years.
The Truth: The list was real according to
January 20, 2011 US News article but these were the original cuts
proposed by the 212th Congress, under the leadership of
April 8, 2011, the New York Times reported that the Democratic
controlled Senate, under the leadership of Harry Reid, fought the budget
cuts to the point where government almost shut down.
Intervention by President Obama prompted last minute closed door
negotiations between the two party leaders at the White House.
This resulted in $38 Billion in spending cuts, an amount smaller than
the original proposal.
budget battle Senator Reid said, “We didn’t do it at this late hour for
drama." The Senate Majority Leader then added, "We did it because it has
been hard to arrive at this point.”
GOP House Majority Leader Boehner said, “This has been a lot of
discussion and a long fight, but we fought to keep government spending
down because it really will in fact help create a better environment for
job creators in our country.”
On April 8, the Senate approved the
stopgap measure shortly before the midnight deadline where government
would come to a stand still. The New York Times article said that
Congress approved it shortly after midnight and, "The Office of
Management and Budget issued a memo saying normal government operations
were back on track."
The agreed budget cuts were posted in a blog on the
White House web site and a list can be found in an April 9 article
The Hill, a web site that reports on government business in
Washington. They are:
from funding for programs at the Departments of Labor, Education, and
Health and Human Services
over $1 billion in a cut across non-defense agencies
reductions to housing assistance programs and some
health care programs
$8 billion in cuts to our budget for State and Foreign
$630 million in earmarked transportation projects
at least $2.5 billion in transportation funding that is
ready to be earmarked
$35 million by ending the Crop Insurance Good
$30 million for a job training program that was
narrowly targeted at certain student loan processors
$18 billion in cuts deemed unnecessary by the Pentagon
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
These are the programs (55) that the
Republican House has proposed cutting. Read to the end, and if it sounds
like proper fiscal management please forward to your list of folks who
will approve of these cuts .....
These cuts do not require partisan
consideration. They're non-essential - and BOTH parties should agree to
simply eliminate all of those listed below.....contact your
Corporation for Public Broadcasting Subsidy. $445 million annual
"Save America's Treasures" Program. $25 million annual savings.
International Fund for Ireland . $17 million annual savings.
Legal Services Corporation. $420 million annual savings.
National Endowment for the Arts. $167.5 million annual savings.
National Endowment for the Humanities. $167.5 million annual savings.
Hope VI Program.. $250 million annual savings.
Amtrak Subsidies. $1.565 billion annual savings.
Eliminate duplicative education programs. H. R. 2274 (in last Congress),
authored by Rep. McKeon, eliminates 68 at a savings of $1.3 billion
annually.............get it passed, eliminate all 68
U.S. Trade Development Agency. $55 million annual savings.
Woodrow Wilson Center Subsidy. $20 million annual savings.
Cut in half funding for congressional printing and binding. $47 million
John C. Stennis Center Subsidy. $430,000 annual savings.
Community Development Fund. $4.5 billion annual savings.
Heritage Area Grants and Statutory Aid. $24 million annual savings.
Cut Federal Travel Budget in Half. $7.5 billion annual savings
Trim Federal Vehicle Budget by 20%. $600 million annual savings.
Essential Air Service. $150 million annual savings.
Technology Innovation Program. $70 million annual savings.
Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program. $125 million annual
Department of Energy Grants to States for Weatherization. $530 million
Beach Replenishment. $95 million annual savings.
New Starts Transit. $2 billion annual savings.
Exchange Programs for Alaska , Natives Native Hawaiians, and Their
Historical Trading Partners in Massachusetts . $9 million annual savings
Intercity and High Speed Rail Grants. $2.5 billion annual savings.
Title X Family Planning. $318 million annual savings.
Appalachian Regional Commission. $76 million annual savings.
Economic Development Administration. $293 million annual savings.
Programs under the National and Community Services Act. $1.15 billion
Applied Research at Department of Energy. $1.27 billion annual savings.
FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership. $200 million annual savings.
Energy Star Program. $52 million annual savings.
Economic Assistance to Egypt . $250 million annually.
U.S. Agency for International Development. $1.39 billion annual savings.
General Assistance to District of Columbia . $210 million annual
Subsidy for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. $150 million
Presidential Campaign Fund. $775 million savings over ten years.
No funding for federal office space acquisition. $864 million annual
End prohibitions on competitive sourcing of government services.
Repeal the Davis-Bacon Act. More than $1 billion annually.
IRS Direct Deposit: Require the IRS to deposit fees for some services it
offers (such as processing payment plans for taxpayers) to the Treasury,
instead of allowing it to remain as part of its budget. $1.8 billion
savings over ten years.
Require collection of unpaid taxes by federal employees. $1 billion
Prohibit taxpayer funded union activities by federal employees. $1.2
billion savings over ten years.
Sell excess federal properties the government does not make use of. $15
billion total savings.
Eliminate death gratuity for Members of Congress.
Eliminate Mohair Subsidies. $1 million annual savings.
Eliminate taxpayer subsidies to the United Nations Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change. $12.5 million annual savings
Eliminate Market Access Program. $200 million annual savings.
USDA Sugar Program. $14 million annual savings.
Subsidy to Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
(OECD). $93 million annual savings.
Eliminate the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program. $56.2
million annual savings.
Eliminate fund for Obamacare administrative costs. $900 million savings.
Ready to Learn TV Program. $27 million savings..
HUD Ph.D. Program. (?)
Deficit Reduction Check-Off Act.
TOTAL SAVINGS: $2.5 Trillion over Ten Years
The question is: What was all this doing in the budget in the first
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