By Sara Wyant

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 – On Wednesday, House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky) announced a partial list of 70 spending cuts that will be included in an upcoming Continuing Resolution (CR) bill. But just a day later, he announced that, instead of outlining cuts of over $74 billion, he will hit the $100 billion target pledged by many Tea Party-backed lawmakers.


“After meeting with my subcommittee Chairs, we have determined that the CR can and will reach a total of $100 billion in cuts compared to the President’s request immediately - fully meeting the goal outlined in the Republican ‘Pledge to America’ in one fell swoop,” said Chairman Rogers in a statement. “Our intent is to make deep but manageable cuts in nearly every area of government, leaving no stone unturned and allowing no agency or program to be held sacred. I have instructed my committee to include these deeper cuts, and we are continuing to work to complete this critical legislation.”


The new continuing resolution, which is expected to be released Friday, will contain $100 billion in cuts from Obama’s budget. Several USDA programs are targeted (see list below) but the biggest target is the Environmental Protection Agency, at $1.6 billion.


If a new continuing resolution is not passed by March 4, the federal governement will be forced to shut down.


“While making these cuts is hard, we have a unique opportunity to right our fiscal ship and begin to reduce our massive deficits and debt,” Rogers said in a statement Wednesday.  “We have taken a wire brush to the discretionary budget and scoured every program to find real savings that are responsible and justifiable to the American people. 


“Make no mistake, these cuts are not low-hanging fruit.  These cuts are real and will impact every District across the country - including my own.  As I have often said, every dollar we cut has a constituency, an industry, an association, and individual citizens who will disagree with us. But with this CR, we will respond to the millions of Americans who have called on this Congress to rein in spending to help our economy grow and our businesses create jobs.”


The List of 70 Spending Cuts that were originally to be included in the CR (released on Wednesday) 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


(All reductions are compared to the President’s fiscal year 2011 request)