Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
  Energy News  

Subscribe to our free daily newsletters

US Congress set to cut overseas food aid

by Staff Writers
Washington (AFP) April 13, 2011
US lawmakers were on track Wednesday to approve a spending-cut plan this week that will slash environmental protection and overseas food aid, reduce diplomatic programs, and boost military outlays.

The controversial compromise bill -- agreed shortly before midnight on Friday (0400 GMT Saturday) -- funds the US government to October 1 and was due to clear the House of Representatives on Thursday and the Senate shortly thereafter.

US military aid to Israel and Egypt escaped the knife, and the Pentagon will see a $5 billion increase from last year, but the Environmental Protection Agency will be cut $1.6 billion, according to an official summary released by the House Appropriations Committee.

Where President Barack Obama had sought $235 million for international efforts to battle global warming, lawmakers agreed just $50 million, a drop of about $49 million, according to the summary.

And the bill forbids the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from creating a specialized office sought by Obama to track the pace and effects of climate change.

Overseas food aid programs were in for a $194 million cut from last year's levels that amounts to a nearly $300 million reduction from Obama's request for the 2011 fiscal year that began October 1, 2010.

US contributions to the United Nations and other international organizations will see a $377 million cut, while the Millennium Challenge Corporation that forges partnerships with poor countries to foster growth will have to make do with $205 million less.

Lawmakers were still thrashing out the details of the plan: A $1 billion cut to overseas aid to fight HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, and tuberculosis, noted on an official summary of the plan early Tuesday, had vanished by Wednesday.

An Appropriations Committee spokeswoman, Jennifer Hing, said there would be "no cut" to the program, which would get "the same as last year."

But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) faced a nearly $730-million-dollar cut.

Republicans trumpeted that the compromise included a prohibition on the transfer of prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay facility for suspected terrorists to US soil and curbs on their release to other countries.

Democrats crowed that they had held off a Republican effort to cut all funding for the UN Population Fund and that the compromise did not include the so-called "gag rule" that prohibits US monies from going to non-governmental organizations that provide or promote abortion services.

Overall, the US State Department and foreign operations faced a $504 reduction from last year -- some $8.4 billion less than Obama's request.

In a first, an attachment to the spending measure would remove a species of wolf from the endangered species list and let state wildlife agencies manage their populations.

Obama's push for a high-speed railroad network in the United States suffered a double blow: All funding for it through October 1 vanished, and some $400 million in unspent money earmarked for the program this year was taken back.

The bill forbids the use of local tax money being used to provide abortions in the US capital, but Democrats beat back a Republican drive to deny funds from the Planned Parenthood network of health clinics because they provide abortions.

Under US law, no taxpayer funds may pay for abortions, but Republicans have charged that money from Washington means Planned Parenthood can use other sources of cash to do so.

Instead, the Republican-run House and Democratic-held Senate will vote on a stand-alone measure to do so, with a split decision meaning it will be defeated.

Share This Article With Planet Earth DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook

Related Links
Farming Today - Suppliers and Technology

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Combating Plant Diseases Is Key For Sustainable Crops
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 13, 2011
Climate change is likely to make plants more vulnerable to infectious disease, which will threaten crop yield and impact on the price and availability of food. Dr Adrian Newton, presenting his work at the Society for General Microbiology's Spring Conference in Harrogate, explains how exploiting diversity in crops is the best option to improve food security in a changing climate. Pest and d ... read more

Arctic Ice Gets A Check Up

Arctic Ozone Loss

3-D map of Philippines to help combat disasters

For NASA's Aquarius, Quest For Salt A Global Endeavor

China Maps The World With Beidou

China launches navigation satellite

GPS to protect Bulgarian locomotives from fuel thefts

Make Your Satnav Idea A Reality

Indonesia's carbon-rich wetlands essential

NGO sues to save forest for Paraguay natives

Low Fertilizer Use Drives Deforestation In West Africa

Slash-and-burn threatens African forests

Current Biofuels Policies Are Unethical

Algae Could Replace 17 Percent Of U.S. Oil Imports

Nanoparticles Increase Biofuel

Economics, Physics Are Roadblocks For Mass-Scale Algae Biodiesel Production

Australia plans massive coal-solar combo

IKEA Powers up Solar In California

Anne Arundel Community College Installs Large Solar Carport System

Tioga Unveils Largest Solar Canopy In Hawaii

Manitoba wind farm comes online

Alstom Announces Commercial Operation Of First North American Wind Farms

Vestas unveils new offshore turbine

US hopes to resolve China wind turbine rift

Wyoming to expand coal mining

China mine explosion kills 11, two missing

Wyoming coal leases to be auctioned

Japan crisis must not spark rush to fossil fuels: Sweden

Chinese Christians released from detention

China silent on Ai location, condemns foreign support

Most Christians detained in Beijing freed: group

China tells US not to interfere on human rights

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2010 - SpaceDaily. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement