Newspaper article Roll Call

9 Hidden Gems in the Obama Budget

Newspaper article Roll Call

9 Hidden Gems in the Obama Budget

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President Barack Obama unveiled his $3.77 trillion budget Wednesday, and a survey of CQ Roll Call beat writers turned up the following choice nuggets:

1. $78 million for asteroid retrieval. NASA wants to research robotic technology to move an asteroid closer to Earth, so that we can send astronauts to it.

2. $0 for abstinence-only sex education programs. Such programs got $5 million for grants in fiscal 2012, but the administration wants to zero them out.

3. A ban on horse meat inspections. The administration is assuming there will also be a ban on horse slaughter, and therefore no need to inspect horse meat.

4. $943 million bailout of the Federal Housing Administration. As a result of the 2008 financial and mortgage industry meltdown, the FHA continues to suffer the consequences of bad loans.

5. $7.5 million for a consumer complaint line. To be stationed at the Transportation Department for airline passengers; estimated to create one new job.

6. Require electronic filing of Senate campaign finance reports. This is a cost-effective measure long pushed for by government watchdog groups (and journalists). …

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