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Spending Cuts are About to Get Specific

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers. (Wikimedia Commons)

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers. (Wikimedia Commons)

It’s unfortunate that discussions about federal spending are often filled with generic talk about overall spending levels, “non-defense discretionary spending,” and “sequestration.” Ultimately, what matters is funding for specific programs and agencies, such as Americorps, the National Institutes of Health, and VA hospitals. In that sense, it’s good to see the debate get more specific this week, with the House Appropriations Committee approving spending levels for each of the twelve appropriations bills that will fund the government in fiscal year 2014.

The Ryan Budget, which was passed by House Republicans, calls for deep across-the-board cuts in domestic spending. Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) followed that blueprint in his allocations for the twelve appropriations bills.

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