THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
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FACT SHEET: 0.38 percent cuts January 10, 2000
The law also imposed the condition that no reduction in any single program could exceed 15% of its total. In other words, the law did not permit an entire program to be eliminated in order to count toward the savings necessary for a given department. At least 85% of the funding total for the program had to remain intact.
Administration Actions to Achieve 0.38 percent Cut
Total Savings (amounting to 0.38 percent)= $2.356 billion
Savings from Congressional Earmarks = $478 million
Number of Earmarked Projects Targeted by Cut: 2, 372 projects
Savings from Salaries and Expenses = $192.5 million
Savings from Cuts to Programs = $1.7 billion
Examples of Programs Fully Protected by Administration
Military Recruiting and Readiness
New Classroom Teachers
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program Child Care and Development Block Grant
CDC Infectious Disease
Clean Water Action Plan
ATF Youth Gun Initiatives
FAA Air Traffic Controllers and all other safety functions Secret Service Salaries and Expenses
Departments with Largest Numbers of Earmarks:
Transportation: There were cuts to 584 earmarked projects, amounting
to savings of $61 million, out of total cuts to DOT of $180 million.
Housing and Urban Development: There were cuts to 472 earmarked
projects, amounting to, out of total cuts to HUD of $91 million.
Environmental Protection Agency: There were cuts to 316 earmarked
projects, amounting to savings of 23 million out of total cuts to EPA of $29 million.
The law stipulated that reductions to any single program area, including earmarked projects, could not exceed 15%. However, Administration cuts to earmarked projects generally were applied at a lower level, in the 7 percent to 8 percent range.