Budget details released after fed'l shutdown avoided
A few days after lawmakers came up with a federal budget plan to avoid a government shutdown last week, details of that budget are finally being released.
The latest plan cuts $40 billion in federal funding to a variety of programs, the single-biggest cut ever made to the federal budget in one year.
Programs here in New York that will be affected by the latest round of cuts include: community development and services grants for low-income families, job placement programs, education funding for low-income students, the Head Start program, child care grants, the WIC food assistance program and public housing funds.
On a broader scale, high-speed rail plans, emergency first responders and the National Endowment for the Arts will also be taking a hit under the new plan.
The Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans' Affairs are the only two programs that will be receiving an increase in their budget. A formal congressional vote on the plan is expected later this week.
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