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    CNN just had the list, but I did some research and added in a few things in parenthesis.

    What got cut from the stimulus bill

    Story Highlights
    • Bipartisan group of senators reaches compromise on stimulus bill
    • Items partially cut include funds for FBI construction, federal hybrid cars, EPA
    • Items entirely cut include funds for federal prisons, NASA, school construction


    (CNN) -- A coalition of Democrats and some Republicans reached a compromise that trimmed billions in spending from an earlier version of the Senate economic stimulus bill.

    CNN obtained, from a Democratic leadership aide, a list of some programs that have been cut -- either entirely or partially:

    Partially cut:

    • $3.5 billion for energy-efficient federal buildings (original bill $7 billion)

    • $75 million from Smithsonian (original bill $150 million)

    • $200 million from Environmental Protection Agency Superfund (original bill $800 million)

    • $100 million from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (original bill $427 million)

    • $100 million from law enforcement wireless (original bill $200 million)

    • $300 million from federal fleet of hybrid vehicles (original bill $600 million)

    • $100 million from FBI construction (original bill $400 million)

    Fully eliminated:

    • $55 million for historic preservation

    • $122 million for new Coast Guard polar icebreaker/cutters

    • $100 million for Farm Service Agency modernization

    • $50 million for CSERES research

    • $65 million for watershed rehabilitation

    • $30 million for SD salaries

    • $100 million for distance learning

    • $98 million for school nutrition

    • $50 million for aquaculture

    • $2 billion for public broadband access

    • $100 million for NIST

    • $50 million for detention trustee

    • $25 million for Marshalls Construction

    • $300 million for federal prisons

    • $300 million for BYRNE Formula

    • $140 million for BYRNE Competitive

    • $10 million state and local law enforcement

    • $50 million for NASA

    • $50 million for aeronautics

    • $50 million for exploration

    • $50 million for Cross Agency Support

    • $200 million for National Science Foundation

    • $100 million for science

    • $1 billion for Energy Loan Guarantees

    • $4.5 billion for GSA

    • $89 million GSA operations

    • $50 million from DHS

    • $200 million TSA

    • $122 million for Coast Guard Cutters, modifies use

    • $25 million for Fish and Wildlife

    • $55 million for historic preservation

    • $20 million for working capital fund

    • $165 million for Forest Service capital improvement

    • $90 million for State and Private Wildlife Fire Management

    • $1 billion for Head Start/Early Start

    • $5.8 billion for Health Prevention Activity (programs to help prevent disease - this funding would have created or saved over 40,000 jobs. Included $900 million for pandemic flu research, $400 million for HIV testing, $75 million for smoking cessation programs, $ 1 billion for diabetes screening & detection.)

    • $2 billion for HIT Grants

    • $600 million for Title I (NCLB)

    • $16 billion for school construction

    • $3.5 billion for higher education construction

    • $1.25 billion for project based rental

    • $2.25 billion for Neighborhood Stabilization (to help stabilize neighborhoods by buying up abandoned or neglected properties)

    • $1.2 billion for retrofitting Project 8 housing

    • $40 billion for state fiscal stabilization (includes $7.5 billion of state incentive grants)

    What got cut from the stimulus bill - CNN.com

    I found the memo, and there were a few other things cut that CNN didn't mention:

    Partially Eliminated:
    • $150 million for the Violence Against Women Act, which provides funding for the investigation and prosecution of the violent crime perpetrated against women. This funding is specifically for Services, Training, Officers, and Prosecutors (STOP) state formula grants; out of which, $50 million will be allocated to the VAWA Transitional Housing program;

    • $75 million for Rural Drug Enforcement Assistance

    • $50 million for the Victims of Crime Act

    • $25 million for the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces

    Totally Cut:
    • $ 100 million for a Department of Education Office of Science

    The TPM DOCUMENT COLLECTION - Collins-Nelson Group Staff Paper Potential Cuts -- $77.9 Billion

    I hate that they are cutting infrastructure- that was a huge part of the selling point of this bill. Are they really that against putting the 2 million people who lost jobs in construction and manufacturing back to work?

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    This is bullshit. I'm tired of the Dems caving to these tired ass republicans. What the fuck did we vote them in for? Just for them to fuck us over like Bush and his cronies did? I'm am so fed up with this shit.

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    so they basically cut anything that would do any good to society.

    Good going Dems.. you gave the rethugs all the tax cuts they wanted and you got nothing YOu wanted.

    Pussies. Why bother even running the government.
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    I'm interested in these cuts, so I'm going to keep digging.

    More on this cut:
    $75 million for Rural Drug Enforcement Assistance


    This is what that program does:

    'We must help rural communities stay safe during this economic downturn. Rural areas, which lack the crime prevention and law enforcement resources often available in larger communities, have a particular need for assistance to combat the worsening drug and crime problems that threaten the well-being of our small cities and towns and, most particularly, our young people. The Rural Law Enforcement Assistance Act of 2009 will provide just this kind of help.

    This bill will reauthorize a rural law enforcement assistance program first passed by Congress in the early 1990s. Like so many valuable programs that help local law enforcement and crime prevention, funding for this program was allowed to lapse under the Bush administration, despite its effectiveness in contributing to the record drop in crime in the late 1990s.

    The program would authorize $75 million a year over the next five years in new Byrne grant funds for state and local law enforcement, specifically for rural states and rural areas within larger states. This support would be used to hire police officers, purchase necessary police equipment, and to promote the use of task forces and collaborative efforts with federal law enforcement. Just as important, these funds would also be used for prevention and treatment programs in rural communities; programs that are necessary to combat crime and are too often the first programs cut in an economic downturn. This bill also authorizes $2 million a year over five years for specialized training for rural law enforcement officers, since training is another area often cut in hard times. This bill will immediately help cash-strapped rural communities with the law enforcement assistance they desperately need.'

    Leahy Introduces Bill To Provide Rural Law Enforcement Assistance

    So basically, all the small towns in America being ravaged by meth problems aren't going to get any help. That bill would have created a lot of jobs too. Its infuriating.

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    Im gonna have to say Obama totally fucking failed at this. Barely 2 weeks in and the boy lost the ball totally.
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    It seems llike it would have been shorter to include a list of what's in.

    Some of these are very disappointing - especially when it comes to healthcare and social programs.

    I need to learn more about this.

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    This is not good.

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    This isn't the final version of the bill, so hopefully they'll make some changes. But unless Obama and the Dems fight harder then this probably will be the final version.

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    Looking at the cuts, the big summary for all those words are jobs. Jobs, jobs, jobs, and MORE jobs are being cut before they're even created.

    Oh and school nutrition is being cut. Yeah that's real nice for kids that depend on school lunches to get a good meal because they're parents LOST THEIR GODDAMN JOBS AND CAN'T BUY HEALTHY FOOD AT HOME!!! Real nice.

    Fuck the greedy evil republicans and fuck the spineless Dems (WHO ARE THE FUCKING MAJORITY!!!) for caing in again when they could've passed this without the republicans. God damn it what the hell is going to change around here!?

    *sigh* Sorry but this really makes my blood boil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Authority View Post
    Looking at the cuts, the big summary for all those words are jobs. Jobs, jobs, jobs, and MORE jobs are being cut before they're even created.

    Oh and school nutrition is being cut. Yeah that's real nice for kids that depend on school lunches to get a good meal because they're parents LOST THEIR GODDAMN JOBS AND CAN'T BUY HEALTHY FOOD AT HOME!!! Real nice.

    Fuck the greedy evil republicans and fuck the spineless Dems (WHO ARE THE FUCKING MAJORITY!!!) for caing in again when they could've passed this without the republicans. God damn it what the hell is going to change around here!?

    *sigh* Sorry but this really makes my blood boil.
    You took the words right out of my mouth!

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