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Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 02/28/2011

Hal Rogers's Continuing Resolution to continue government operations

By Matt DeLong

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) on Monday unveiled a continuing resolution to continue government operations and cut federal spending. The resolution eliminates earmarked funding and some federal programs for a total savings of about $4 billion. Below are summaries of the cuts provided by Rogers and the full text of the resolution.

This CR terminates funding for eight programs. These terminations include:
Election Assistance Grants = -$75 million. This termination was requested in the President's budget request. The states have yet to spend large amounts of funding provided by this program, and both the House and Senate proposed eliminating the program last year.
Broadband Direct Loan Subsidy (U.S. Department of Agriculture) = -$29 million. No funds were requested for this program in the president's budget request. This program is duplicative of several other federal programs, and the Agriculture Inspector General has uncovered abuses and inconsistencies in the program as well as a lack of focus on the rural communities it is intended to serve.
Smithsonian Institution Legacy Fund = -$30 million. No funds were requested for this program in the President's budget request. The Legacy Fund was intended as a one-time only appropriation for revitalization of the Smithsonian's Arts and Industries Building. Sufficient private contributions were raised and the Legacy Fund monies were released in December 2010.
Striving Readers program (U.S. Department of Education) = -$250 million. This termination was requested in the President's budget request. This program has a large amount of unused funds, and is essentially duplicative of the Title 1 program that provides $14 billion annually in reading assistance to at-risk students.
LEAP program (U.S Department of Education) = -$64 million. This termination was requested in the President's budget request. This program has accomplished its original objective of "stimulating" all states to establish need-based student grant programs, and federal aid is no longer required.
Even Start (U.S. Department of Education) = -$66 million. This termination was requested in the President's budget request. Three national evaluations have found that participants in this program make no greater literacy gains than non-participants. The Office of Management and Budget has identified this program as "ineffective."
Smaller Learning Communities (U.S. Department of Education) = -$88 million. This termination was requested in the President's budget request. Both governmental and non-governmental research has shown no evidence that creating smaller learning communities within high schools makes a difference in academic achievement.
Highways - Additional General Fund spending (Federal Highways Administration) = -$650 million. No funds were requested for this use in the President's budget request. This one-time, non-recurring funding addition was provided in fiscal year 2010 and distributed to all States through the existing, authorized highway formula. Removing these funds will have no impact on the authorized, mandatory side of the highway program and its limitation of obligations.
TOTAL Terminations Savings = $1.24 billion [...] TOTAL Earmark Savings = $2.7 billion TOTAL CR Spending Cuts = $4.01 billion

View the complete resolution below. (If you're having problems viewing it, click here.)

By Matt DeLong  | February 28, 2011; 11:58 AM ET
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