The draft legislation (PDF), which will face committee hearings starting Tuesday, slashes the fiscal 2014 budget for the Interior Department and for the EPA by $5.5 billion from existing levels enacted for 2013 — a 19 percent cut that brings base funding down to $24.3 billion. It’s $4 billion below levels already required by sequestration — automatic spending cuts that both parties say are senseless and onerous.
House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) said the bill “reflects the extraordinarily hard choices needed to maintain critical investments and services for local communities,” while “dramatically scaling back lower-priority, or ‘nice-to-have’ programs.”
I love how all their “compromises” and “tough choices” are about axing programs they don’t like and not touching ones they do.
The “We Gets Our Farm Money But You Don’t Gets Your Food” Bill that the Tea Party House passed is a perfect example of this.
This was pretty much the same way that Morsi thought democracy worked in Egypt. He was wrong about that, too.