2011 Federal Budget Cuts
April 9, 2011 by USA Post
2011 Federal Budget Cuts, The budget office of the White House issued a memorandum to midnight on Friday to advise the agency to continue its normal operations in terms of an agreement between the White House and Congressional negotiators agree on 2011 budget.
The impact of New York was not clear because many of the details were not immediately known. Senate Majority Harry Reid, D-Nev., And House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, issued a joint statement late Friday announcing a deal to cut and from 78.5 billion proposed by President Barack Obama in 2011 budget fiscal year.
Rep. Chris Gibson, a freshman from Kinderhook praised the agreement. “This includes about 39 million dollars in cuts from fiscal 2010 levels, a figure that is four times larger than any other court in history,”Gibson said in a press release.
Another freshman Republican from New York, Representative Richard Hanna of Barneveld, said: “It is important to note that this bill is free of political distraction pilots and social division, who have opposed from the start.”
The Senate voted unanimously shortly after 11 am on a provisional budget and 2 billion in spending cuts to keep the government running until Thursday. The House of Representatives passed the bill six days after midnight in a lopsided 348 to 70 votes.
The measure of spending six days is expected to serve as a bridge to keep the government running while budget agreement is put into legislative language and voted on by Congress next week.
President Barack Obama said the agreement means the Washington Monument and other parts of the federal government open for business.
However, some federal programs are directed to the courts.
“Like any worthwhile commitment, both sides had to make difficult decisions and compromise on issues that were important to them,”Obama said.” And I certainly did. Some of the cuts we agreed to will be painful. Programs depend on the will be reduced. Necessary infrastructure projects will be delayed. And I have made these cuts in better circumstances.”
Obama has indicated this week that the negotiators agreed to eliminate Pell grants for low-income college students attending summer school. Obama has already proposed in its 2012 budget request.
Obama also said that some of the spending cuts would be called mandatory or entitlement. But do not say whether the reductions would be in Medicare, Medicaid or other programs.
“Indeed, cutbacks in areas such as Medicaid, transportation funding will directly impact the state’s finances, but until we know the details we can not say with precision exactly what the cuts would mean for our state,”said Speaker of New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, Emily DeSantis.
Rep. Eliot Engel of the Bronx said the budget cuts far too deeply and threatens the fragile recovery of the nation.
“While it is beneficial to avoid a government shutdown, an agreement for the sake of making an agreement is often poor,”Engel said.” The only good thing is that this agreement includes provisions to pay our military and their families. They make many sacrifices for their country, this should not be one of them.”
House Republicans have held the line, as a basis for negotiations should be the bill passed the House to cut spending levels of 2010 and 61 billion. That bill also contains numerous policies of “corridors” as a measure to end federal funding of Planned Parenthood and stop regulating the Environmental Protection Agency emissions of greenhouse gases.
Boehner said last week that almost all policy issues have been resolved, but Reid said the option was hanging over federal spending on Title 10 of the women’s health, which includes funding for Planned Parenthood.
Conservative Republicans want to end federal funding of Planned Parenthood, providing abortion services.
Planned Parenthood says that federal money is used for health services for women and abortion services are funded separately.
Planned Parenthood in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties handled more than 37,000 visits per year for women seeking Pap smears, contraceptive implants, contraceptive pills, IUDs, free condoms, emergency contraception, cervical cancer screening, the breast exams, HIV testing, testing for sexually transmitted diseases and abortions, according to spokeswoman Beverly Katz.
The federal money “going to prevention services,” he said, adding that abortions are performed in different places.
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined other Democratic women senators at a press conference on Friday to attack the Republican focuses on abortion.
“Republicans need to wake up,”said Gillibrand.” Since the Hyde Amendment in the past 30 years, the federal money does not pay for abortions in this country. What is cutting in this project are safety nets for poor women, at risk.”
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