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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Budget Cuts Post-2007

From the DCCC:

HIDDEN BUDGET CUTS IN DOMESTIC PROGRAMS FOUND IN OMB COMPUTER FILES WITHHELD FROM PUBLIC
There has been little attention this week to the proposed cuts in domestic discretionary programs in the President's budget for years after 2007. There's a simple reason for this: documents provided by the Office of Management and Budget omitted information about proposed funding levels for discretionary programs after 2007. But the Administration's proposal funding cuts in discretionary programs for 2008-2011 - against which the cuts proposed for 2007 pale by comparison - have now come to light.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has been able to assemble information on the proposed cuts (or increases) for all domestic program categories for years from 2008-2011, using Administration computer runs that were not widely distributed and a series of tables scattered throughout the OMB budget documents. In addition, as this morning's Washington Post reports, a key OMB computer run detailing the program-by-program cuts the Administration is proposing for discretionary programs for each year after 2007 - which the Administration never intended to release - has surfaced.

A key finding from this computer run, other OMB documents, and the Center's analysis of them is that many programs that would be cut only slightly in 2007 (or even expanded) would face significant cuts in 2008-2011. THE HIDDEN CUTS IN DOMESTIC APPROPRIATIONS:OMB Data Reveal Deep Funding Cuts After 2007
http://www.dccc.org/r/189/1130611

http://www.dccc.org/r/191/1130611

The worst budget in history.

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