Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Transportation, Food Safety, Energy Spending Slashed; More Cuts on the Way

Posted By on Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 10:58 AM

So what exactly got cut in last weekend's budget deal to keep the U.S. government running? The House Appropriations Committee unveiled its details this morning of a continuing resolution that cuts $38.5 billion from current spending levels.

Among the cuts:
-$12.3 billion from transportation and housing, including a total of $2.9 billion in cuts for high-speed rail and $991 million from transit programs. Housing and Urban Development's community development fund would be slashed by $942 million.
-$3 billion in cuts from agriculture programs, including a $10 million cut to food and safety inspection.
-$1.7 billion in reductions from energy programs.
-$784 million from Homeland Security.

"What Idahoans need to recognize in the near future is that business in Washington is not going to continue," Idaho senior U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo told Citydesk. "It simply can't."

Crapo said the real challenge will be to craft a 2012 spending plan, which could see trillions of dollars in cuts.

"In all candor, I think that every federal spending program, other than Social Security, will need to be evaluated," said Crapo. "Some programs will be eliminated in their entirety. Some will be held to a freeze or no-growth posture. The areas of waste, fraud, abuse and especially duplication need to be eliminated. We're talking about hundreds and hundreds of billions of dollars in potential savings."

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