Cornerstone Report from Washington

Vol. 9, No. 2 – Feb. 9, 2011


House Appropriations Committee Chair Details FY 2011 Cuts


We have just received a first indication of where and how much the House Appropriations Committee intends to cut from various programs across the federal government. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) released the following list of reductions. (All numbers are reductions from the President's FY 2011 Budget Request, with the Agriculture Appropriations bill items highlighted in red.)


WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers today announced a partial list of 70 spending cuts that will be included in an upcoming Continuing Resolution (CR) bill. The CR legislation will fund the federal government for the seven months remaining in the fiscal year and prevent a government wide shut-down, while significantly reducing the massive increases in discretionary spending enacted in the last several years by a Democrat majority. A full list of program cuts will be released when the bill is formally introduced.


The total spending cuts in the CR will exceed $74 billion, including $58 billion in non-security discretionary spending reductions.


The List of 70 Spending Cuts to be Included in the CR follows:


  • Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies   -$30M
  • Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy   -$899M
  • Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability   -$49M
  • Nuclear Energy   -$169M
  • Fossil Energy Research   -$31M
  • Clean Coal Technology   -$18M
  • Strategic Petroleum Reserve   -$15M
  • Energy Information Administration   -$34M
  • Office of Science   -$1.1B
  • Power Marketing Administrations   -$52M
  • Department of Treasury   -$268M
  • Internal Revenue Service   -$593M
  • Treasury Forfeiture Fund   -$338M
  • GSA Federal Buildings Fund   -$1.7B
  • ONDCP   -$69M
  • International Trade Administration   -$93M
  • Economic Development Assistance   -$16M
  • Minority Business Development Agency   -$2M
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology   -$186M
  • NOAA   -$336M
  • National Drug Intelligence Center   -$11M
  • Law Enforcement Wireless Communications   -$52M
  • US Marshals Service   -$10M
  • FBI   -$74M
  • State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance   -$256M
  • Juvenile Justice   -$2.3M
  • COPS   -$600M
  • NASA   -$379M
  • NSF   -$139M
  • Legal Services Corporation   -$75M
  • EPA   -$1.6B
  • Food Safety and Inspection Services   -$53M
  • Farm Service Agency   -$201M
  • Agriculture Research   -$246M
  • Natural Resource Conservation Service   -$46M
  • Rural Development Programs   -$237M
  • WIC   -$758M
  • International Food Aid grants   -$544M
  • FDA   -$220M
  • Land and Water Conservation Fund   -$348M
  • National Archives and Record Service   -$20M
  • DOE Loan Guarantee Authority   -$1.4B
  • EPA ENERGY STAR   -$7.4M
  • EPA GHG Reporting Registry   -$9M
  • USGS   -$27M
  • EPA Cap and Trade Technical Assistance   -$5M
  • EPA State and Local Air Quality Management   -$25M
  • Fish and Wildlife Service   -$72M
  • Smithsonian   -$7.3M
  • National Park Service   -$51M
  • Clean Water State Revolving Fund   -$700M
  • Drinking Water State Revolving Fund   -$250M
  • EPA Brownfields   -$48M
  • Forest Service   -$38M
  • National Endowment for the Arts   -$6M
  • National Endowment for the Humanities   -$6M
  • Job Training Programs  -$2B
  • Community Health Centers  -$1.3B
  • Maternal and Child Health Block Grants  -$210M
  • Family Planning  -$327M
  • Poison Control Centers  -$27M
  • CDC   -$755M
  • NIH   -$1B
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services   -$96M
  • LIHEAP Contingency fund   -$400M
  • Community Services Block Grant   -$405M
  • High Speed Rail   -$1B
  • FAA Next Gen   -$234M
  • Amtrak   -$224M
  • HUD Community Development Fund   -$530M



As you can see, this list includes $246 million in “Agricultural Research” which we have been told is the total cut to all agencies within USDA’s Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area, including ARS, NIFA, etc.  This is all the information that is available at this time. We will provide a further update when the bill is made public.


The Cornerstone Team