Republicans Get Serious About Spending Reform

The House GOP has announced a plan to trim $2.5 Trillion in federal spending over the next ten years.  Among other savings — such as a reduction in overall funding to 2008 levels and a 15% reduction in the federal workforce — there is a list of programs they would eliminate. 

Hit the link for the whole list, but here are a few good ones:

Corporation for Public Broadcasting Subsidy. $445 million annual savings.

National Endowment for the Arts. $167.5 million annual savings.

National Endowment for the Humanities. $167.5 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.

Cut in half funding for congressional printing and binding. $47 million annual savings.

Cut Federal Travel Budget in Half. $7.5 billion annual savings.

Trim Federal Vehicle Budget by 20%. $600 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.

Programs under the National and Community Services Act. $1.15 billion annual savings.

Energy Star Program. $52 million annual savings.

General Assistance to District of Columbia. $210 million annual savings.

Subsidy for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. $150 million annual savings.

Presidential Campaign Fund. $775 million savings over ten years.

Repeal the Davis-Bacon Act. More than $1 billion annually.

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.

Eliminate Mohair Subsidies. $1 million annual savings.

Eliminate taxpayer subsidies to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. $12.5 million annual savings.

USDA Sugar Program. $14 million annual savings.

Eliminate the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program. $56.2 million annual savings.

These are low-hanging fruit.  If they cannot be passed packaged all together (along with the other savings proposed), the House GOP should propose them one at a time and force the Democrats to vote against them.  Make the Democrats defend votes in favor of sugar and mohair subsidies, PBS and NEA funding, the Amtrak money pit, the Davis-Bacon Act and more.

Published in: on January 21, 2011 at 3:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

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