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Posted at 9:20 PM ET, 02/11/2011

House GOP proposes cuts to WMATA

By Washington Post editors

Ben Pershing reports on D.C. Wire that House Republicans' spending resolution, unveiled Friday night, would cut federal payments to the District by nearly $80 million and slash Metro funding by $150 million over the next eight months.

The bill would cut grants to WMATA from the Federal Transit Administration by $150 million just as the agency is preparing to cope with a budget gap of $72 million.

President Obama is expected to deliver his budget blueprint Monday, and the continuing resolution needs approval from the Democratic-controlled Senate and Obama before it becomes law.

By Washington Post editors  | February 11, 2011; 9:20 PM ET
 
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Let's start the cutting by closing down all the metro stations that service the capitol and the judiciary -- and how about those priviate little elevators and the private little metro used my these congressmen, and see how long this crusade for crucifying metro lasts.

Posted by: Poleman | February 12, 2011 10:50 AM | Report abuse

I have no problem with this. After all, the riders on the Yellow Line never seen the benefits of this money.

Posted by: ReindeerDippin | February 12, 2011 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if the GOP imagines their staffers will all buy and maintain cars on their tiny salaries to drive to work once Metro shuts down due to their lack of funding, or if they just plan to let them live out of their office desks.

Posted by: turnageb | February 12, 2011 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious. More small cuts that make the GOP look "cool" to their extreme moron supporters yet cuts that do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to actually cut the deficit

The huge programs worth TRILLIONS go untouched b/c Republicans know that their own use them.

So, they cut all needed programs to save a few and look awesome in their own eyes while doing NOTHING to actually cut the deficit

Posted by: Bious | February 12, 2011 10:12 PM | Report abuse

One day of gridlock in DC and they will re-instate the funds plus more.


And how will the baggers get around town without a Socialist subway syatem?

Posted by: samf911 | February 12, 2011 10:48 PM | Report abuse

What about the New York, Boston, or Chicago transit systems? Oh yeah, they have actual voting representatives in congress. Way to go GOP! $150M will take a big bite out of that $4 TRILLION deficit.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | February 12, 2011 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I know that farm subsidies have already been reduced.

BUT if these GOP Congresspeople, most of whom come from farm states, had any integrity (yes, I know that that is an inherent self-contradiction), they would move to cut subsidies that benefit large-scale agribusiness far more than the "family farmer."

We are paying for our food twice, once at the supermarket and again through the subsidies. And am I the only person to notice that about as soon as the GOP succeeded in extorting continuation of tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires from the President and the American people, the price of food has gone up noticeably? (Like the price of gas and interest rates?)

Posted by: edallan | February 13, 2011 10:18 AM | Report abuse

You know, its tough, but there's just no money in these tough times. Everyone has to suffer a little and make do with less when we're in a never-ending recession (I know technically we're not in a recession, but to the average American, its not over until jobs are being created).


I say let the states fund their own priorities. If Oklahoma wants farm subsidies, let Oklahoma residents pay for it. If Virginia wants trains to bring drunk people home from bars, let Virginia pay for it. yeah, Federal employees use it to commute, but those Federal employees pay taxes to Virginia and Maryland for infrastructure to get them to work. Just so happens their employer is the Fed. The Federal spending is unsustainable, and it either needs to have drastic cuts made or else already high taxes will go even higher. I see nothing in the Constitution that could be interpreted to say that the Feds should be funding subways in major cities....the subways don't impact people outside those Metro areas, so let the states fund it. At least citizens have more control over state spending (and state spending can't be done with huge deficits) than we do over the untouchable Federal government.

Now as for Federal payments for the District...some of that is for things like police escorts of motorcades, etc. Those are Federal concerns and should be funded by the Feds. If the Feds choose not to purchase the services of MPD, then I'm sure the Secret Service would be willing to step up to the plate and use their own officers, thus negating the need for payments to the District.

Posted by: thetan | February 13, 2011 12:38 PM | Report abuse

WMATA wastes any money it gets in the first place. This would be a good chance for them to learn how to keep a budget.

First: cut the Drunkard Express. If you can't run basic service at 5pm without devolving into Holocaust-style trains, you don't need 3am service for a bunch of white drunks to get home.

Second: eight car trains on all lines all the time. Three eight car trains can replace four six car trains without any decrease in service, but at the savings of one union employee.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | February 14, 2011 12:58 PM | Report abuse

"First: cut the Drunkard Express. If you can't run basic service at 5pm without devolving into Holocaust-style trains, you don't need 3am service for a bunch of white drunks to get home."

With all due respect (not much), you don't know what you're talking about. The late trains are not the "Drunkard Express", but include all manner of people, some of whom need to work late or are attending shows, sporting events, etc. And yes, some are drunk, but would you rather that they be driving?

And pulling a race card out of the deck does nothing to strengthen your argument.

Posted by: mkarns | February 14, 2011 8:33 PM | Report abuse

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