Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Senate Appropriations Committee Highlights short-term Budget cuts:

If you're wondering what was cut from the U.S. Budget to keep the Gov't open for another week here's   
The Senate Appropriations Committee detailed the short-term cuts:

  • The Transportation Planning, Research, and Development account is reduced from $16.1 million to $9.8 million.
  • The Federal Aviation Administration's Facilities and Equipment account is decreased by $8.7 million - or less than one percent - from the 2010 level.
  • The FAA's Research, Engineering and Development account is cut by $3.5 million - or two percent - from the 2010 level.
  • The Federal Railroad Administration High Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail is reduced to $1 billion.
  • The FRA's Research and Development account is reduced to $35.1 million, $2.513 million less than 2010.
  • The Transportation Department's budget for Transit New Starts is reduced to $1.72 billion, $280 million below the 2010 level.
  • The Transit Research and University Research Centers Program is cut $64.2 million.
  • The funding for Public Housing Operating Fund is decreased to $4.6 billion.
  • The Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Fund, including the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is cut by $220 million.
On side issues, or "riders," the Democrats and the White House rebuffed numerous Republican attempts to curtail the reach of the Environmental Protection Agency and sidetracked their demand to deny federal funds to Planned Parenthood.
Anti-abortion lawmakers did succeed in winning a provision to ban the use of federal or local government funds to pay for abortions in the District of Columbia.The deal came together after six grueling weeks and an outbreak of budget brinksmanship over the past few days as the two sides sought to squeeze every drop of advantage in private talks.

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Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next