Line by Line: Some Obama Budget Cuts

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2009 2:30 PM CDT
The F-22 Raptor.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – President Obama said today proposed budget cuts are “not a criticism of” federal workers. Still, they take a toll, from defense to education. The Washington Post takes a look at what’s being trimmed:

  • Anthrax vaccine research: The administration says the goals of the program have been met, and its cancellation will save $8 million.
  • Cotton storage: The government will save $570 million in payments to growers waiting for higher prices.

  • Even Start: A troubled education program that funds local literacy programs. Savings: $66 million in 2010.
  • The F-22: The administration is satisfied with the 187 fighter aircraft on order, but whether influential proponents will let the program die is another question.
  • Yucca Mountain: The nuclear waste repository program in Nevada will be shut down, and $196.8 million provided to pursue other options.
  • No more contractors: The Pentagon will reduce its employment of civilian contractors to pre-2001 levels, saving $900 million by 2015.
For a more detailed list, click the link below.