House Dems come to defense of Metro and D.C.
We're still looking over the 2,400-plus-page budget released by President Obama yesterday to figure out how it will affect the District, but a Republican resolution introduced in the House on Friday also warrants mentioning: the Continuing Resolution, HR 1, would slice federal payments to the District by approximately $80 million, and would reduce the amount of funding for WMATA to zero over the next eight months.
The cuts -- a complete list of which can be found in this PDF -- are part of the Republicans' strategy to rein in federal spending between March and the end of the 2011 fiscal year, which ends on Sept. 30. Not only would the proposal completely eliminate federal funding for WMATA, but it would also make deep cuts in several District concerns:
[Continue reading Aaron Morrissey's post at DCist.com.]