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Obama budget cuts Stupak scholarship

By Lori Montgomery
Among the 126 programs President Obama proposes to slash in the 2011 budget is a $1 million scholarship program that honors the late son of Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.).

Stupak is the conservative House Democrat who held up a House vote on Obama's health-care initiative last fall with his demands that the legislation provide stronger assurances that no federal money be spent on abortion. Stupak's amendment was adopted and the bill survived a close vote, but only after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) spent hours calming angry pro-choice advocates.

In the budget he sent to Congress Monday, Obama proposes to abolish the B.J. Stupak Olympic Scholarship, a federally funded grant program designed to aid student athletes who aspire to Olympic competition. Created in 1998, the program was renamed to honor Stupak's son, B.J., who committed suicide in May 2000 after taking the acne drug Accutane.

The grant program, administered by United States Olympic Education Center at Northern Michigan University, has assisted 376 athletes, according to the center's web site.

A spokesman for Stupak said it is not clear whether the congressman was aware of the proposed cut.

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Posted by: gmiller2 | February 3, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Bush did the same thing

Stupak pledges to fight for the grant to be reinstated into the budget. “I’ll do my appropriations request and put in testimony. I want it to be funded on its own merit. President Bush did the same thing, and we always restored it."

Posted by: graybeard_58 | February 2, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse



Posted by: AMERICAWAKEUP | February 1, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

P.S. I am ALL for cutting this program, whether it is being done 'Chicago Politics' way or not. I fully agree with these posted comments. I am deeply sorry that this young man committed suicide and the pain his family must feel. However, if the family wishes to have this done in his honor, then I fully agree that THEY should fund it, not any federal (public tax payers) funds.

Posted by: dcarmichael11 | February 1, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Being from Chicago, I can understand the "distaste" for Chicago politicians. However, the question I have is WHEN is the American Public going to stop asking why we are cutting this program and that program, and start asking WHEN ARE WE GOING TO START CUTTING THE PORK?!?! Obama got into office on the "transparency" and "going to change" Washington politics reteric, but has NOT changed a thing. It is worse than ever. While he & his admin continue to blame Bush (BTW: I am neither Dem, Rep or Indep), etc, we continue to see NO CHANGE. Every incoming adminis blames the previous one and 'inherits' problems. A full year has been wasted on this 'Health Care' issue & here we are back at square 1. Bottom line is if you do not have a job, what good is a health care bill? If you cannot pay your bills and/or mortg what good is a tax break? When are the American citizens (who by the way, voted these politicians into office) going to get their heads out of their butts, see smoke-screens (health care arguements) and start making ALL of their voices heard? It appears that Polosie is President and poor Mr. Obama is her puppet. Come on - prioritize! Let's get some jobs then we can worry about 'charity'. God says 'Charity begins at home'. Get us some work, redirect some of the BILLIONS being paid to and by the lobbists, and some of the PORK money in the budget and maybe then American people will feel more charitable to others, including those with no insurance as well as students who need help paying for college. I have yet to hear about any person, legal citizen or not, being refused treatment in any emergency room and there are plenty of City colleges where you can get an educ while working. So get off this smoke screen path and get to the real stuff - figuring out how to put Americans back to work!

Posted by: dcarmichael11 | February 1, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Cut the program. Since health care reform is not getting done we need every dollar for medicare/medicaid. Also let his Dad fund the program instead. I believe all republicans and conversatives democrats agree period. It makes no difference if it is revenge. Obama needs to take some revenge. I am tired of wussy Democrats. That is why healthcare reform is almost dead. You can be nice to the party of mostly NO's. The one thing I will say about Bush is he would have had it done before this MA nonsense happened.

Posted by: matchtuff | February 1, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

People who think this is "Chicago politics" are naive, ignorant dopes. This is simply "politics."

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | February 1, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

I think some of these commentors are right when they say Obama may have taken revenge on Stupak for compromising the House HC bill.

It may be the Chicago Way that's being played out in DC by Obama and company again.

Maybe Stupak will vote against the House HC bill if Reconciliation is presented for a vote. That would be just desserts.

However, Obama would probably invite Stupak to the White House and offer him a backdoor deal as he did with the Unions.

Posted by: janet8 | February 1, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Stupak has been around DC long enough to know that actions have consequences. He should not be surprised by this.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | February 1, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse


if the stupaks want to honor their son, they should do be able to do so without federal funds.

100% true

Posted by: newagent99 | February 1, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

This doesn't surprise me at all. Chicago politics at it's best. "Change We can Believe in".

Posted by: Magox | February 1, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

While I'm not opposed one bit to cuts in spending from the federal gov't, I suspect this cut is personal....Obama is getting back at Stupak for forcing the House to adopt an amendment in the healthcare proposal aimed at satisfying his pro-life concerns.

In other words, Chicago-style politics (like a horsehead in bed) for betraying the Democratic platform.

Posted by: boosterprez | February 1, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse


if the stupaks want to honor their son, they should do be able to do so without federal funds. isn't bart one of those soooooo concerned about discretionary spending.

Posted by: mycomment | February 1, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

obama is a two bit thug, he wants to stop the way washington does business so he can do it Chicago style, pay off unions for there vote, pay off ben nelson for his vote. Then go after his enemies like stupak.

Posted by: ewong | February 1, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Bwahahaha. I detect some Rahm in this one.

Posted by: trident420 | February 1, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

It's about time these hypocrites from C Street get a slap in the face.

Posted by: Jung-e-pavlov | February 1, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Politics is a cut-throat game. Stupak made a fool of himself on the health bill and needlessly antagonized the president, so he gets punished.

Posted by: parkerfl1 | February 1, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

If you want to reduce the budget deficit, big choices have to be made.

Posted by: keithrjackson | February 1, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

And, Ms. Lori Montgomery, what is your point?

So what!

Obama's doing the write thing. This scholarship is not essential to the well-being of this nation. It's not like it provides scholarships to keep well deserving students in school.

Posted by: twilson66 | February 1, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

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