Spending Cuts Take $49 Million from NIOSH

OSHA stands to lose only $1.2 million. A number of federal environmental programs are cut much more and FEMA had $786 million cut from its FY2010 allotment for First Responder Grants by the Continuing Resolution that averted a shutdown of the federal government last week.

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee has released a chart listing the amount cut from each non-defense line item involved in the Continuing Resolution that averted a shutdown of the federal government last week. The chart shows that NIOSH will have $49 million less in FY2011, which is half over, than it was given for its FY2010 appropriation. OSHA expects just a $1.2 million cut.

It could have been much worse for both agencies. The CR agreed to by Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and President Obama cuts several environmental programs more heavily. FEMA had $786 million cut from its FY2010 allotment for First Responder Grants and $80 million cut from its allocation for emergency food and shelter, according to the committee's chart.

Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., said the cuts of nearly $40 billion "is nearly five times larger than any other cut in history, and is the result of this new Republican majority’s commitment to bring about real change in the way Washington spends the people's money." He added, "My committee went line-by-line through agency budgets this weekend to negotiate and craft deep but responsible reductions in virtually all areas of government. Our bill targets wasteful and duplicative spending, makes strides to rein in out-of-control federal bureaucracies, and will help bring our nation one step closer to eliminating our job-crushing level of debt."

If passed by the House and Senate and signed into law, as expected, the CR will fund the federal government through Sept. 30, the end of FY2011.

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