House Republicans “have used a short-term spending bill to carry out ‘political vendettas’ against Democrat-backed agencies and programs, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said Tuesday,” POLITICO reports.
The continuing resolution or CR, which the GOP-controlled House passed late last week, calls for $61 billion in spending cuts to things like the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Act, food safety programs, Planned Parenthood, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and education programs including Pell Grants and Head Start.
“This is no time for political vendettas. The cost is just too high. …” Boxer, chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said on a conference call with reporters. “They’ve used deficit reduction as an excuse to carry out vendettas.”
Boxer said she “recently spoke with Senate Appropriations Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), who warned that the Republican cuts could result in the loss of 800,000 jobs.”