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US government spending cuts include $129 million a year for embassy protection

Posted by on Sep. 15, 2012 at 2:53 PM
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US government spending cuts include $129m a year for embassy protection

White House budget office says automatic cuts – many focused on defence spending – would have a 'devastating impact'

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The automatic spending cuts called sequestration will start in January if Congress cannot find a compromise. Photograph: J. Scott Applewhite/AP

The US government will slash spending targeted for the protection of embassies around the world as part of a $100bn program of automatic spending cuts set to be start this January if Congress can not find a compromise.

The news comes after ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans died following attacks the US consulate and a safe house refuge in Benghazi on Tuesday night. US embassies across the Muslim world are now being targeted by protesters angered by a video that denigrated the prophet Muhammad.

According to a 400-page White House report released on Friday, automatic spending cuts to be made at the end of the year will include $129m a year earmarked for the next nine years to go to maintaining and protecting US embassies.

The cuts are a small part of massive cuts to the military, air traffic control, the federal bureau of investigation, housing and social welfare programs, government salaries and private contracts that "would have a devastating impact on important defence and nondefence programs", according to the report from the White House budget office. Starting in January, some $54.7bn per year will be cut from defence spending and continuing for nine years.

The report details cuts for 1,200 separate budget line items. The White House said the spending cuts would total $984bn, and the government would spend $216bn less in interest payments on the federal debt. Salaries for military personnel and Medicare benefits are exempt, but the cuts will be felt across the board.

Air force and navy aircraft procurement is set for a $4.2bn cut. Defence department operations and maintenance would lose $3.9bn. Pentagon healthcare would be cut by $3.3bn. The national institutes of health would lose $2.5bn. Rental assistance for the poor would be cut by $2.3bn, food safety and inspections would lose over $1bn. The FBI would lose $735m for salaries and expenses.

The automatic cuts, called sequestration, were put in place in order to force an agreement between Republicans and Democrats on a deficit reduction plan following the debt-ceiling crisis of 2011. But a bipartisan "supercommitee" set up to negotiate a compromise collapsed, leaving sequestration in place. Half the cuts will come from defence spending and half to social programs and other non-military funding.

"As the administration has made clear, no amount of planning can mitigate the effect of these cuts," the budget officer reported. "Sequestration is a blunt and indiscriminate instrument. It is not the responsible way for our nation to achieve deficit reduction."

The report calls the cuts "deeply destructive to national security, domestic investments, and core government functions".

The cuts will come at the same time as Bush-era tax cuts are set to expire, together the spending cuts and tax hikes have been dubbed the "fiscal cliff".

On Thursday, Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke said the fiscal cliff was a serious threat to the fragile US recovery. "If the fiscal cliff isn't addressed, as I've said, I don't think our tools are strong enough to offset the effects of a major fiscal shock so we'd have to think about what to do in that contingency," said Bernanke. "So I think it's really important for the fiscal policymakers to, you know, work together to try and find a solution for that."

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LucyMom08
by Silver Member on Sep. 15, 2012 at 3:22 PM

 Well, if the idiots in Congress would actually work together instead of throwing temper tantrums, maybe we'd have a shot at working things out...instead, they are willing to let America collapse because compromise and cooperation have become taboo...

LucyMom08
by Silver Member on Sep. 15, 2012 at 3:31 PM

 And I also wonder what percentage those cuts would be out of the total bloated defense budget...

 

http://comptroller.defense.gov/defbudget/fy2013/FY2013_Budget_Request_Overview_Book.pdf

gsprofval
by Gold Member on Sep. 15, 2012 at 3:31 PM
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You don't notice how much obama is cutting the funding for our military, military bases, and embassies?

This leaves the country at a huge security risk, especially right now.

In the meantime, obama is hiring thousands to work for the government to take our pay checks and tax refunds for obamacare--and to throw people in jail if they don't "buy" his obamacare.

Seems to me we need the military right now more than ever.

trippyhippy
by Silver Member on Sep. 15, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Could that be because we are ending wars?  The budget should be dramatically cut from war time.

Quoting gsprofval:

You don't notice how much obama is cutting the funding for our military, military bases, and embassies?

This leaves the country at a huge security risk, especially right now.

In the meantime, obama is hiring thousands to work for the government to take our pay checks and tax refunds for obamacare--and to throw people in jail if they don't "buy" his obamacare.

Seems to me we need the military right now more than ever.



LucyMom08
by Silver Member on Sep. 15, 2012 at 3:36 PM

 The defense budget is massively overblown...I think it is something like 25% of our annual budget allocated to defense, while education gets something like 3%. We aren't hurting. We don't need bases in every single country around the world.

I don't get your 3rd segment...Obamacare is creating jobs, and now it's a BAD thing? How is that possible? By the way, it is still PRIVATE insurance. Where do you get the 'jail' thing?

Quoting gsprofval:

You don't notice how much obama is cutting the funding for our military, military bases, and embassies?

This leaves the country at a huge security risk, especially right now.

In the meantime, obama is hiring thousands to work for the government to take our pay checks and tax refunds for obamacare--and to throw people in jail if they don't "buy" his obamacare.

Seems to me we need the military right now more than ever.

 

LucyMom08
by Silver Member on Sep. 15, 2012 at 3:37 PM

This is from my budget link...

As we responsibly draw down from

two operations, take steps to protect our nation’s

economic vitality, and protect our interests in a world of accelerating change, we face an

inflection point. The Department’s recent guidance articulates priorities for the 21st Century that

sustain U.S. global leadership and shape the Joint Force to be prepared to confront and defeat

aggression anywhere in the world. We will have the ability to surge and regenerate forces and

capabilities, ensuring that we can meet any future threats by investing in our people and a

strong industrial base. We will remain the world’s finest military.

Quoting trippyhippy:

Could that be because we are ending wars?  The budget should be dramatically cut from war time.

Quoting gsprofval:

You don't notice how much obama is cutting the funding for our military, military bases, and embassies?

This leaves the country at a huge security risk, especially right now.

In the meantime, obama is hiring thousands to work for the government to take our pay checks and tax refunds for obamacare--and to throw people in jail if they don't "buy" his obamacare.

Seems to me we need the military right now more than ever.

 

 

Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on Sep. 15, 2012 at 3:40 PM

I guess you're not so much for small government after all?

And huey on the rising debt?

The defense budget much be cut- it consumes a large portion of our overall budget. The waste can and must be found and eliminated.

Yes, we all know what the preamble says-


Quoting gsprofval:

You don't notice how much obama is cutting the funding for our military, military bases, and embassies?

This leaves the country at a huge security risk, especially right now.

In the meantime, obama is hiring thousands to work for the government to take our pay checks and tax refunds for obamacare--and to throw people in jail if they don't "buy" his obamacare.

Seems to me we need the military right now more than ever.


Separation of church and state is for the protection of BOTH church and state.
Leading with hate and intolerance only leads to MORE hate and intolerance.
LIMom1105
by on Sep. 15, 2012 at 4:17 PM
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Aren't we all about cuts, cuts, cuts? Isn't this what Republicans have been demanding?  If spending was up and nothing had happened, I'm sure there would be nashing of teeth over that.

Most of the defense cuts came from the fact that the wars are ending or have ended.  Our defense budget is still huge, though I agree we need to look at the amount allocated to embassies in light of recent events. 

Also as a side note, people do not get thrown in jail if they don't subscribe to a health plan.  Get real. 

Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on Sep. 15, 2012 at 4:27 PM

I found found that most only want or support cuts that do not/may not personally affect them or their life$tyle. 

Cuts are only good if other$ feel the pain.

Hypocrites with a capital H-

Quoting LIMom1105:

Aren't we all about cuts, cuts, cuts? Isn't this what Republicans have been demanding?  If spending was up and nothing had happened, I'm sure there would be nashing of teeth over that.

Most of the defense cuts came from the fact that the wars are ending or have ended.  Our defense budget is still huge, though I agree we need to look at the amount allocated to embassies in light of recent events. 

Also as a side note, people do not get thrown in jail if they don't subscribe to a health plan.  Get real. 


Separation of church and state is for the protection of BOTH church and state.
Leading with hate and intolerance only leads to MORE hate and intolerance.
Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on Sep. 15, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Having a health care insurance plan is an indication of personal responsibility.

I thought R's supported the notion of being personally responsible?

Quoting gsprofval:

You don't notice how much obama is cutting the funding for our military, military bases, and embassies?

This leaves the country at a huge security risk, especially right now.

In the meantime, obama is hiring thousands to work for the government to take our pay checks and tax refunds for obamacare--and to throw people in jail if they don't "buy" his obamacare.

Seems to me we need the military right now more than ever.


Separation of church and state is for the protection of BOTH church and state.
Leading with hate and intolerance only leads to MORE hate and intolerance.
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