$2.5 trillion in cuts proposed


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With the big decision coming up in Congress about how to settle the budget and deficit problems, Republicans have proposed cutting the following federal programs that would reduce federal expenditures by $2.5 trillion in 10 years.

Read these annual expenditures and decide for yourself if the federal government has to spend so much to provide us with the essentials of democracy - - life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Unless otherwise stated, savings would be for every year . . .

•Corporation for Public Broadcasting Subsidy - $445 million 
•Save America ‘s Treasures Program - $25 million
•International Fund for Ireland - $17 million
•Legal Services Corporation - $420 million
•National Endowment for the Arts - $167.5 million
•National Endowment for the Humanities - $167.5 million
•Hope VI Program - $250 million
•Amtrak Subsidies - $1.565 billion
•Eliminate duplicative education programs. H.R. 2274 (in last Congress), authored by Rep. McKeon, eliminates 68 at a savings of $1.3 billion
•U.S. Trade Development Agency - $55 million
•Woodrow Wilson Center Subsidy - $20 million
•Cut in half funding for congressional printing and binding - $47 million
•John C. Stennis Center Subsidy - $430,000
•Community Development Fund - $4.5 billion
•Heritage Area Grants and Statutory Aid - $24 million
•Cut Federal Travel Budget in Half - $7.5 billion
•Trim Federal Vehicle Budget by 20% - $600 million
•Essential Air Service - $150 million
•Technology Innovation Program - $70 million
•Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program - $125 million
•Department of Energy Grants to States for Weatherization -  $530 million
•Beach Replenishment - $95 million
•New Starts Transit - $2 billion
•Exchange Programs for Alaska , Native Hawaiians, and Their Historical Trading Partners in Massachusetts - $9 million
•Intercity and High Speed Rail Grants - $2.5 billion
•Title X Family Planning - $318 million
•Appalachian Regional Commission - $76 million
•Economic Development Administration. $293 million
•Programs under the National and Community Services Act - $1.15 billion
•Applied Research at Department of Energy - $1.27 billion
•FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership - $200 million
•Energy Star Program - $52 million
•Economic Assistance to Egypt - $250 million
•U.S. Agency for International Development - $1.39 billion
•General Assistance to District of Columbia - $210 million 
•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
•End prohibitions on competitive sourcing of government services.
•Repeal the Davis-Bacon Act - more than $1 billion
•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 total savings
•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
•Eliminate taxpayer subsidies to the United Nations  Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - $12.5 million
•Eliminate Market Access Program - $200 million
•USDA Sugar Program - $14 million
•Subsidy to Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) - $93 million
•Eliminate the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program - $56.2 million
•Eliminate fund for Obamacare administrative costs - $900 million
•Ready to Learn TV Program - $27 million
TOTAL SAVINGS: $2.5 Trillion over Ten Years
Is all of this necessary in the federal budget?




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