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Obama and Republican Hit Lists on Spending: A Comparison



As the House Republicans try to cut some $61 billion in spending this year, Democrats and Republicans are trading charges of heartlessness and timidity -- sometimes both at the same time.

But a comparison of Obama's Top 20 proposed spending cuts with those of the GOP shows some surprising similarities -- and some unexpected differences.


Both Obama and the House GOP would make cuts to Pell Grants for higher education, though Obama would channel the savings into other parts of the Pell program. Both plans would cut money for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, and Obama would actually cut more.  

Other common targets: Community Development Block Grants, construction money for health care facilities, and so-called "Low Priority" construction projects. (It's not clear why low-priority projects were up for funding in the first place, but that's another issue).

A few caveats.  First, even when Obama and the GOP would cut from the same agency, the size of the proposed cuts is often very different. Obama would trim $397 million from programs at the Environmental Protection Agency; the House GOP would ax $3 billion. 


Second, the GOP would preserve some programs that Obama would kill -- and vice versa. Obama would save $465 million by killing the Joint Strike Fighter's alternative engine program, which the Pentagon doesn't want anyway.  That wasn't on the House GOP list but nonetheless was cut on Wednesday from the continuing resolution despite Speaker Boehner's support for the program.


Program Department Obama's proposed
cuts for FY2012
On House GOP
list for FY2011?
In Obama
Pell Grant Protection Act—End Year Round Pell (discretionary) Education -$7,617
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program HHS -2,530
C–17 Transport Aircraft Production Defense -2,500
Administrative Efficiency Initiative Gov't-wide -2,123
Repeal Expensing of Intangible Drilling Costs Energy  -1,875
Grants-in-Aid for Airports Transportation -1,091
Pell Grant Protection Act - End In-School Interest Subsidy for Stafford Loans for Graduate Students Education -984
Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds EPA -947
Repeal Domestic Manufacturing Tax Deduction for Oil and Natural Gas Companies  Energy -902
Health Care Pharmaceutical Proposals HHS -609
Repeal Percentage Depletion for Oil and Natural Gas Wells Energy -607
Pell Grant Protection Act—End Year Round Pell (mandatory) Education -535
Joint Strike Fighter Alternate Engine Defense -465
Senior Community Service Employment Program HHS -375
Community Services Block Grant HHS -350
Health Care Facilities and Construction HHS -337
Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education Payment Program HHS -318
Low-Priority Construction Projects Corps of Engineers -317
Community Development Block Grant HUD -299
Agricultural Research Service Buildings and Facilities Agriculture -295
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