The Republican-controlled House approved a bill in the middle of the night that should curtail monies for healthcare, social services, environmental regulations, child care and research.
The bill, approved 235-189 Saturday with overwhelming Republican support and over united Democratic opposition, would reduce federal spending by more than $60 billion over the next seven months. It represents the completion of the top objective of the new Republican majority and its emboldened wing of budget hawks and government critics.
It’s an extreme bill, agree both House Democrats and the White House, and unless both sides agree, the government could shut down March 4. The bill doesn’t put much of a dent in the federal budget, as it doesn’t touch defense or entitlements.
The bill would reduce funding for the Environmental Protection Agency by one-third, slash aid to poor women and children and cut support for NASA.
Medical research at the National Institutes of Health would be curbed, along with funds that help low-income families heat their homes. In all, the bill would eliminate 150 federal programs, Republicans said.