New List Of Federal Budget Items On the Chopping Block

By Scott Sarvay

April 12, 2011 Updated Apr 12, 2011 at 5:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - We now know where $38.5 billion in federal budget cuts are coming from.

Programs on the chopping block include; the WIC Program being cut more than $500 million.

Almost $3 billion in high-speed rail funds, along with roughly $3 billion for highway construction, and another billion for programs that help prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

Congress will formally vote on the budget later this week.

The vote may be next week, but the debate began Tuesday.

The Senate's top Republican says Democrats are getting an important message.

Senate Minority Leader (R) Mitch McConnell says, “Either Democrats in Washington are finally waking up to the fact that our only hope of averting the kind of disaster we're seeing unfold in Europe is by forcing Washington to live within its means, or they've made a political calculation that Americans will no longer take them seriously if they continue to pretend otherwise.”

The Senate's top Democrat is accusing Republicans of using the budget debate to advance a political agenda.

Senate Majority Leader (D) Harry Reid says, “The American people noticed, and they're glad we did. By clear majorities, our constituents are glad we stood up for health reform, for women's health, for cleaner air, and on and on."

The House is scheduled to consider the measure on Thursday, with the Senate voting after that.

This agreement would fund the federal government for the rest of this fiscal year.

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