A Look at the Deeper Cuts in the New 2011 Budget Deal

By: Tuesday April 12, 2011 7:07 am

Food safety is cut 1% below the previous year’s level. The Labor Department program for green jobs has been cut. The Justice Department’s asset forfeiture fund, which helps fund its criminal investigations, got a $500 million hit. The Special Supplemental Feeding Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) has been cut $500 million from 2010 levels. The total reduction in the Financial Services area, barely a year out from passing Dodd-Frank, approaches 10%. There’s a $942 million cut to the Community Development Fund program, which is nearly 1/4 of the total. And two programs in the health care law, Kent Conrad’s co-ops and Ron Wyden’s Free Choice voucher, have been eliminated.

 

Senate to Take Up Defense Authorization Bill with DADT Legislative Repeal

By: Tuesday September 14, 2010 6:16 am

In a tough election with a busy calendar upcoming, it was unclear whether the Senate would finish off the defense appropriations bill including the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, which the House has already passed.

Harry Reid announced yesterday that he would bring the bill to the Senate floor as early as next week, however.

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