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House GOP to slash environmental, arts funding (o noes)
Associated Press ^ | Jul 22, 2013 4:22 PM EDT | Andrew Taylor

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 Washington’s 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 GOP’s austere budget plan. …

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: 113th; artfunding; envirowackos; gopestablishment; housegop

1 posted on 07/22/2013 1:26:17 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

SLASH AWAY!


2 posted on 07/22/2013 1:27:06 PM PDT by JustTheTruth
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To: JustTheTruth

We’re doomed!!!

This is Hugh.


3 posted on 07/22/2013 1:28:44 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: Olog-hai

Dee moore

Dee merrier


4 posted on 07/22/2013 1:28:56 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: JustTheTruth

Slash the whole epa away. Shoulda never been in the first place.


5 posted on 07/22/2013 1:29:32 PM PDT by MestaMachine (My caps work, You gotta earn them.)
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To: Olog-hai

Is there a down side to these budget cuts?


6 posted on 07/22/2013 1:30:36 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Olog-hai

Yes, go on the offensive.


7 posted on 07/22/2013 1:30:39 PM PDT by VRW Conspirator (The Lefties can drink Kool-Aid; I will drink Tea.)
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To: Olog-hai

Defund ethanol laws and regulations; food stamps; and welfare, especially for non-citizens.


8 posted on 07/22/2013 1:32:14 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: Olog-hai

Can NPR. Then we’ll know they’re serious.


9 posted on 07/22/2013 1:34:01 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: Olog-hai
Republicans control the House and are insisting on living within a tight $967 billion "cap" on agency operating budgets and are shifting more than $47 billion from domestic programs to the Pentagon - which runs counter to a 2011 budget agreement.

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.

10 posted on 07/22/2013 1:34:16 PM PDT by 0.E.O
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To: Pollster1

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.


11 posted on 07/22/2013 1:35:44 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (The only growth industries left under Progressives are government and poverty.)
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To: Olog-hai
Democrats to slash funding for defense.

Dems propose spending increases, sending deficit to records level.

AP headlines you'll never see.

12 posted on 07/22/2013 1:35:49 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Olog-hai

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.


13 posted on 07/22/2013 1:36:42 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: EQAndyBuzz

bbb.....bbbbbu....bbb....bbbbbut Elaine from Seinfeld is on my radio every fifteen minutes whining that our National Parks are underfunded!


14 posted on 07/22/2013 1:38:46 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Olog-hai

It’s a pity they won’t stand by this. They’re just trying to decide where to fold like a cheap suit.


15 posted on 07/22/2013 1:39:58 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Justice for Trayvon: Dig up his body and shoot him again.)
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To: Olog-hai

Gut the EPA, the Dept. of Energy, and the Dept. of Education, for starters.


16 posted on 07/22/2013 1:40:21 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: RetiredTexasVet
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

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.

17 posted on 07/22/2013 1:44:57 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: JustTheTruth

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!


18 posted on 07/22/2013 1:47:09 PM PDT by Texan5 (a)
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To: Olog-hai

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?


19 posted on 07/22/2013 1:53:01 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: 0.E.O
So it's not like they're slashing anything. They are taking the mone from one pocket and putting it in another,

I agree. They can slash anything they want, and let it be slipped back in in the Senate/House reconcilliation bill.

20 posted on 07/22/2013 2:00:36 PM PDT by aimhigh (Guns do not kill people. Abortion kills people.)
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To: Olog-hai

Why not cut massive amounts from the IRS, the Justice Department and anything funding Obamacare?


21 posted on 07/22/2013 2:02:03 PM PDT by stevem
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To: JimRed

“Art” today can be a booger with a hair in it!


22 posted on 07/22/2013 2:12:21 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

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.


23 posted on 07/22/2013 2:13:56 PM PDT by Eva (B Obama is to Trayvon Martin as Al Sharpton is to Tawana Brawley)
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To: Olog-hai

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.


24 posted on 07/22/2013 2:15:12 PM PDT by Necrovore (Lu"gen offenbahren Kontrolle)
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To: glorgau

25 posted on 07/22/2013 2:21:07 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: Olog-hai

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:

Nevada 84.5%
Alaska 69.1%
Utah 57.5%
Oregon 53.1%
Idaho 50.2%
Arizona 48.1%
California 45.3%
Wyoming 42.3%
New Mexico 41.8%
Colorado 36.6%
Washington 30.3%
Montana 29.9%
Hawaii 19.4%


26 posted on 07/22/2013 3:16:35 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Be Brave! Fear is just the opposite of Nar!)
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To: Olog-hai
gut the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency with a one-third cut and cuts the National Endowments for the Arts by almost half

Stand by for the inevitable stories of environmental rapine and starving artists ... well ... starving.

27 posted on 07/22/2013 3:19:45 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
there is absolutely NO, ZERO legitimate reason for the federal government to have taken...

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.

28 posted on 07/22/2013 3:23:23 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (HEY RATS! Control your murdering freaks.)
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To: Olog-hai

better to abolish than cut the rate of growth. I guess they are making room for handouts to LaRaza and LULAC


29 posted on 07/22/2013 3:43:17 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

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.


30 posted on 07/22/2013 4:33:20 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Be Brave! Fear is just the opposite of Nar!)
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To: JustTheTruth

DEFUND HUD!!!


31 posted on 07/22/2013 4:45:06 PM PDT by Postman (Flies get too little credit.)
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To: Postman

Hud is the symptom

Obama is the black plague


32 posted on 07/22/2013 4:49:32 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: Texan5

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.


33 posted on 07/22/2013 7:19:35 PM PDT by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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