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This should have been done a long time ago!!!!!!

These are all the programs that the new house has proposed cutting.

Corporation for Public Broadcasting Subsidy. $445 million annual savings.
Save America's Treasures Program. $25 million annual savings.
International Fund for Ireland. $17 million annual savings.
Legal Services Corporation. $420 million annual savings.
National Endowment for the Arts. $167.5 million annual savings.
National Endowment for the Humanities. $167.5 million annual savings.
Hope VI Program.. $250 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.
U.S. Trade Development Agency. $55 million annual savings.
Woodrow Wilson Center Subsidy. $20 million annual savings.
Cut in half funding for congressional printing and binding. $47 million annual savings.
John C. Stennis Center Subsidy. $430,000 annual savings.
Community Development Fund. $4.5 billion annual savings.
Heritage Area Grants and Statutory Aid. $24 million annual savings.
Cut Federal Travel Budget in Half. $7.5 billion annual savings
Trim Federal Vehicle Budget by 20%. $600 million annual savings.
Essential Air Service. $150 million annual savings.
Technology Innovation Program. $70 million annual savings.
Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program. $125 million annual savings.
Department of Energy Grants to States for Weatherization. $530 million annual savings.
Beach Replenishment. $95 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.
Title X Family Planning. $318 million annual savings.
Appalachian Regional Commission. $76 million annual savings.
Economic Development Administration. $293 million annual savings.
Programs under the National and Community Services Act. $1.15 billion annual savings.
Applied Research at Department of Energy. $1.27 billion annual savings.
FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership. $200 million annual savings.
Energy Star Program. $52 million annual savings.
Economic Assistance to Egypt. $250 million annually.
U.S. Agency for International Development. $1.39 billion 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.
No funding for federal office space acquisition. $864 million annual savings.
End prohibitions on competitive sourcing of government services.
Repeal the Davis-Bacon Act. More than $1 billion annually.
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. WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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 annual savings.
Eliminate taxpayer subsidies to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. $12.5 million annual savings
Eliminate Market Access Program. $200 million annual savings.
USDA Sugar Program. $14 million annual savings.
Subsidy to Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). $93 million annual savings.
Eliminate the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program. $56.2 million annual savings.
Eliminate fund for Obamacare administrative costs. $900 million savings.
Ready to Learn TV Program. $27 million savings..
HUD Ph.D. Program.
Deficit Reduction Check-Off Act.
TOTAL SAVINGS: $2.5 Trillion over Ten Years
My question is, what is all this doing in the budget in the first place?

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Maybe our Congress is finally getting it right after
wasting our money $$$ all these years.

If Congress passes this, Lots of Lib. Democrats will really be TICKED OFF...

One More. What the HELL is "Eliminate death gratuity for Members of Congress"

No wonder this country is so screwed up...


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At a town meeting held by our Rep. recently, someone from the audience came up with what I think is a good way to handle foreign aid. DO NOT give any cash grants. Provide only actual materiel things. All items to be given as "foreign aid" must be manufactured in the USA or its territories and possessions.

If the aid is for road building, supply Caterpillar dozers or such, if for farm aid, John Deere or other US MADE hardware will be furnished. If for communications, American companies will provide American built hardware, wire etc.

Currently with cash grants the recipient gets "his cut" off the top then what is left is used to purchase things made in Asia, Europe, or other NON US areas. By going to only hardware you eli,inmate the "cut" off the top, provide orders for US companies who hire US employees to make the product and then ship it, as much as possible, using American shipping. This last is a definite weak spot because of laws passed a while ago, the American overseas shipping industry is virtually non-existent any more.

IF we have to do foreign aid, help rebuild foreign countries or provide emergency provisions. housing etc. at least it will employ American Workers.

To me the concept seems good. I realize that it might require some tweaking but the idea seems to have merit. Incidentally, the American Companies getting the bids would have to be making the product in the US and not bringing it in from some foreign subsidiary or partner.

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what's more cost effective for the United States, giving a cash grant for the Afghans to buy 100 tractors and bulldozers from Russia or sending tractors and bulldozers from US factories, sent on taxpayer dime, to Afghanistan??

What pyrdek states above may make sense but it really depends on the location of the country that we are trying to help and the amount of corruption involved in the local government. In my example above, if we agreed to give the Afghans 100 farm tractors, it will cost us more to ship them from the U.S. than to give them the $$ to buy from a source close to Afghanistan. And materials get "skimmed" just like cash does when the US bring in supplies into Afghanistan. Ask anyone who was/is in charge of procurement for US forces in Afganistan.....pilfering and skimming, whether it be cash or material items, is common in that country as is in other underdeveloped countries.
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