Skip to comments.House GOP to slash environmental, arts funding (o noes)
Posted on 07/22/2013 1:26:17 PM PDT by Olog-hai
House Republicans Monday proposed slashing cuts to environmental programs and funding for the Smithsonian Institution and the arts as they unveiled the latest legislation to implement the second year of budget cuts required under so-called sequestration.
The $24 billion spending measure would gut the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency with a one-third cut and cuts the National Endowments for the Arts by almost half. Overall, the measure funding the Interior Department, EPA, national parks and federal firefighting efforts is cut by 19 percent below funding approved in March.
It takes a more modest approach to the national parks with a slight increase over levels mandated by sequestration, the across-the-board cuts forced by Washingtons failure to strike a bipartisan budget accord. And firefighting efforts would benefit from $1.5 billion in emergency funds on top of the spending limits set by the GOPs austere budget plan.
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This is Hugh.
Slash the whole epa away. Shoulda never been in the first place.
Is there a down side to these budget cuts?
Yes, go on the offensive.
Defund ethanol laws and regulations; food stamps; and welfare, especially for non-citizens.
Can NPR. Then we’ll know they’re serious.
So it's not like they're slashing anything. They are taking the mone from one pocket and putting it in another, but at the end of the day they still spend the same. These morons are beyond belief.
Yes. A lot of parents of young Progressive Yuppies from the EPA, Endowment for the Arts, etc. will be cleaning out the basement making a downstairs apartment ready for their return.
Dems propose spending increases, sending deficit to records level.
AP headlines you'll never see.
The worst part is that a lot of low information voters will be against this “slashing” (as the hysterics at the AP call it) of the National Endowment for the Arts budget, as if we have the money to pay anything to the National Endowment for the Arts. Americans just flat out don’t understand — or don’t want to understand — that we can’t afford any of this. We are putting the cost of this NEA sh___tty, B-rate art on a credit card that our children and grandchildren will have to pay for. Perhaps when they get mad enough to p__ss on or graves for the debt mountain the current generation caused, some future NEA will call it performance art and give them a grant to do it.
bbb.....bbbbbu....bbb....bbbbbut Elaine from Seinfeld is on my radio every fifteen minutes whining that our National Parks are underfunded!
It’s a pity they won’t stand by this. They’re just trying to decide where to fold like a cheap suit.
Gut the EPA, the Dept. of Energy, and the Dept. of Education, for starters.
Failing as a parent has natural consequences. Perhaps the restaurant business will rebound (at least for part-time ObamaCare-ineligible employees) and their little darlings can wait tables. That would give them a chance to learn a work ethic.
Defund the EPA, gather up whatever leftovers there are, wrap them up and return them to Jimmy Carter, labeled as the reward for his ruinous meddling all those years ago. Let him hire them to work at habitat for humanity, where they can finally do some real work for a worthwhile, sensible program...
Then defund the National Endowment for the Arts, and let those employees qualified apply for positions at prestigious museums-voila-instant culture.
Then send the saved money to the national parks and firefighting efforts-perfect!
What passes for “the arts” these days is about 90% garbage that could never make it as commercial ventures. If “we” don’t want it, why should “we” pay for it?
I agree. They can slash anything they want, and let it be slipped back in in the Senate/House reconcilliation bill.
Why not cut massive amounts from the IRS, the Justice Department and anything funding Obamacare?
“Art” today can be a booger with a hair in it!
Art is not something that the government should be involved in. This is not the Middle Ages and we don’t have any Cistene Chapel to paint.
They slash it now, but it will be put.back in during the argument for some other spending bill. How about these wimps really cut some spending, like defund the kennedy/bush medicare atrocity, or foodstamps for illegals? They wont do any substantial cuts at all. This I nothing more than political theater.
I’m waiting for a return of federal land takings to the states act. Seriously, there is absolutely NO, ZERO legitimate reason for the federal government to have taken:
New Mexico 41.8%
Stand by for the inevitable stories of environmental rapine and starving artists ... well ... starving.
The states should all just go in, tear down all the fedgov signs and auction off the land at bargain basement prices to ranchers, oil men, and land developers.
better to abolish than cut the rate of growth. I guess they are making room for handouts to LaRaza and LULAC
There are some legitimate takings, such as Indian reservations and military reservations, plus a few of the “national crown jewels”. However, the takings by “presidential proclamation” need to end and be reversed.
It is for the best if this is done in a methodical manner by a willing congress, which avoids many court fights. It should be done as part of a systematic reduction in presidential power, and restoration of civil rights.
Hud is the symptom
Obama is the black plague
Actually the EPA was founded under Nixon. You can thank Jimmah for the Department of Education and the Department of Energy. Both of those could use the axe.