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The GOP in the House have come out with a list of cuts they want to have added to the continuing resolution (CR) slated to be brought up for vote soon. The cuts total $74 billion and will be (if I read it all correctly) applied to this years budget. That means the cuts will be immediate. Looking at the list, some of the things don't bode well, as a good chunk is directed towards science funding.
1. A 1 billion dollar cut from the Office of Science. The Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States.
2. A 1 billion dollar cut from the National Institutes of Health. The NIH is the nations major medical research agency.
3. A 246 million dollar cut directed at university-based agricultural research. This most likely means a cut to NIFA, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture which provides research funds to land-grant and other universities.
4. A 139 million dollar cut to the National Science Foundation.
There are other cuts directed at programs which are also science-based:
CDC - $755 million
NASA - $379 million
NOAA - $336 million
EPA - $1600 million
FDA - $220 million
USGS - $27 million
FSIS - $53 million
NIST - $186 million
These cuts alone* add up to almost 6 billion dollars. That is a lot of funding for science to lose in the year 2011 (and probably thereafter).
*The also don't include cuts to the Smithsonian which helps promote interest in science, or the Forest Service which conducts some basic forestry research, along with other agencies and programs which are science-based or related.
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Where are the defense spending cuts?
The numbers keep changing a bit, but the $74 billion proposed is $58 billion non-defense, and $16 billion defense spending.
Honestly I'm really worried about food safety inspection budget getting chopped for a better lack of terms.
FSM forbid they raise taxes.
Yeah, the cuts to FSIS and the CDC are particularly absurd if you take the publics health into account.
But it's gotten even better:
Fiscal conservatives want to fulfill a central GOP campaign promise from the election to cut current spending to 2008 levels. They believe that requires $42 billion more in cuts than the bill provides.
So they want the cuts to non-defense, discretionary spending to equal 100 billion. Since discretionary spending only accounts for roughly a third of all the budget, that is a massive cut (well over 10%). I still have no idea why the DOD isn't seeing an decrease in spending under this proposal. The DOD budget is approaching three quarters of a TRILLION.
DOD grants FTW!!! Start slanting your proposals for oil spectating a terrorist killing.
Or breast cancer.
Whatsay ye we get all random diseases under the province of D0D funding and then see them try to cut it?
I think we should send copies of all the grant proposals sent to NIH and the NSF and other grant agencies that will either not get funded or will have to be sent to DoD to the offices of every congresscraphead that votes for this if it comes to pass.
They can invent a new sport - paper-swimming.
... also, we should find out what diseases they have and refuse to do research on them until they pay up.
Anyone figured out what medical conditions Rand Paul has? Other than an empty head?