Draconian Federal Budget Cuts Revealed

MIAMI (CBS4) – While Congress and the President celebrated the $39 billion in cuts to the 2011 federal budget, many were waiting on the details of the expected draconian cuts before making a decision. The cuts were finally revealed Tuesday and will have a deep impact on the Sunshine State.

Jackson Health Systems, and other public hospitals, stand on the verge of collapse. But don’t look to the federal government for help if community health care centers are needed.

According to a spreadsheet of the government cuts in the 2011 budget obtained by the Wall Street Journal, community health care centers are set to lose $890 million in funding when compared to what was requested.

But that’s just one of the many health and human services funding cuts are coming from.

The new budget deal will cut $1.1 billion from HIV/Aid, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. Research into emerging infectious diseases lost $277 million.

And as more people struggle to pay skyrocketing medical costs, the USDA’s WIC program suffered major funding reduction. The WIC program provides grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income women.

WIC will see its budget slashed by $855 million.

When hurricanes start to take aim at Florida, FEMA will have to work more with less. FEMA First Responder grants were cut by $816 million and the FEMA National Predisaster Mitigation Fund lost $50 million.

And speaking of hurricanes, NOAA’s operations, research, and facilities budget lost $115 million, while NOAA’s procurement, acquisition, and construction budget lost $849 million.

Everglades National Park will remain open, the National Park Service will have to make do with a cut of $112 million to its funding. Climate change programs will lose $116 million and the U.S. Geological Survey will be cut by $48 million.

South Florida is a popular destination for tourists, but the TSA is not immune to the budget axe. TSA Aviation Security lost $340 million.

In addition, despite many calls for immigration reform, the budget will have cuts of $239 million to U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services in the Homeland Security department.

When it comes to energy and water, don’t look for much research into renewable energy. The 2011 appropriation for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy lost $550 million. But, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission did get a $76 million hike in funding.

Even the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will see a significant budget cut. Compared to what was initially requested, the FAA Facilities and Equipment budget will be cut by $234 million.


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