The Ten Cruelest Cuts in the Budget Deal


How draconian is the budget deal Democrats and Republicans brokered to avoid a government shutdown last week?

These ten cuts offer a roadmap to losing the future:

Program / Cut (in millions)

1. Lead Hazard Reduction (neurotoxic paint cleanup) / -$20

2. Dislocated Worker Assistance / -$125

3. Fund for the Improvement of Education / -$231

4. Striving Readers (youth literacy) / -$250

5. COPs (community policing) / -$296

6. LIHEAP (home heating assistance for the poor) / -$390

7. Women, Infants and Children (child nutrition program) / -$504

8. Community Health Care Centers / -$600

9. Clean Drinking Water (EPA infrastructure improvements) / -$997

10. High-Speed Rail / -$2,900

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