Programmatic Impact of Congressional Budget Resolution
March 16, 2000
The President's budget provides significant investments in key
priorities that are essential to our nation's future, including in
education, law enforcement and science and technology. The
Congressional Budget Resolution slashes these priorities. For
Funding for education, training and social services would be cut by
the resolution by $4.7 billion below the President's budget. Funding at
these levels would make it impossible to reach the President's goals for
to serve approximately 950,000 children in Head Start:
to provide urgent repairs for 5,000 schools;
and to hire 49,000 qualified teachers in public schools,
essential to reducing class size.
Science and space programs would be cut 6 percent from the
President's budget, curtailing critical investments in our nation's
future. A reduction of this amount to NSF would result in 8,000 fewer
researchers, educators, and students would receive NSF support,
affecting the high-tech workforce and well-trained students needed for
the Nation's future.
The Budget Resolution limits funding for law enforcement
$2.3 billion below the President's budget. At this level:
the number of FBI agents would be cut by 900 below the
the number of DEA personnel would be cut 850 below the
President's level; and
no funding for the President's plan to add 430 INS border
The resolution cuts funding for income security programs for
low-income American families by 15 percent or $6.1 billion below the
Over 1.1 million low-income women, infants, and children would be
cut from the WIC program.
Failure to provide requested increases for assisted housing could
result in over 1 million low-income families losing their homes.
Funding for commerce and housing programs including programs for
small business, would be reduced by almost 18 percent below the
request -- forcing cuts in the Small Business Administration and
preventing loans to 9,000 small businesses.
The Congressional Budget Resolution cuts a total of $20 billion below
the funding required to maintain current levels of service, resulting in
untenable and unacceptable funding levels in many areas.
Even though the nation is faced by rapidly increasing oil and gas
prices, the Budget Resolution would cut funding for critical energy
programs by 7-percent below a freeze. Reduced energy conservation
funding would cut 4,500 low-income homes from receiving weatherization,
compared to FY 2000.
The allocation for transportation makes no provision for the $1.5
billion in added funding for the Federal Aviation Administration that
would be required by the legislation passed this week by Congress to
build and repair airports.
The Budget Resolution would cut International Affairs spending by
$2.5 billion below the 2000 enacted level, $3.1 billion below the
President's request. These drastic cuts would jeopardize the safety
of our diplomatic operations overseas, prevent the US from maintaining
its commitments to International Organizations such as the United
Nations, undermines the safety of our diplomatic operations overseas,
and would either requires either significant cuts to our assistance to
the Middle East or eliminate US assistance in other parts of the world.