Senator Mark Pryor wants our ideas on how to cut federal spending. Take a look at this video clip below:
Senator Pryor has asked us to send our ideas to him at firstname.lastname@example.org and I have done so in the past and will continue to do so in the future.
On May 11, 2011, I emailed to this above address and I got this email back from Senator Pryor’s office:
Please note, this is not a monitored email account. Due to the sheer volume of correspondence I receive, I ask that constituents please contact me via my website with any responses or additional concerns. If you would like a specific reply to your message, please visit http://pryor.senate.gov/contact. This system ensures that I will continue to keep Arkansas First by allowing me to better organize the thousands of emails I get from Arkansans each week and ensuring that I have all the information I need to respond to your particular communication in timely manner. I appreciate you writing. I always welcome your input and suggestions. Please do not hesitate to contact me on any issue of concern to you in the future.
- The U.S. Geological Survey9 (2004 spending: $841 million, discretionary);10
- The Maritime Administration ($633 million, discretionary);
- The International Trade Commission ($61 million, discretionary);
- The Economic Development Administration ($417 million, discretionary);
- The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program ($1,892 million, discretionary);
- The Technology Opportunities Program ($12 million, discretionary);
- Obsolete military bases;
- The Appalachian Regional Commission ($94 million, discretionary);
- Obsolete Veterans Affairs facilities;
- The Rural Utilities Service (-$1,493 million,11 mandatory); and
- Repeal Public Law 480’s non-emergency international food programs ($127 million, discretionary)
- Discretionary spending is the portion of the annual budget that Congress actually determines.
- Since 2000, discretionary outlays surged 79 percent faster than inflation, to $1,408 billion. The “stimulus” is responsible for $111 billion of 2010 discretionary spending.
- Between 1990 and 2000, $80 billion annually in new domestic spending was more than fully offset by a $100 billion cut in annual defense and homeland security spending, leaving (inflation-adjusted) discretionary spending slightly lower.
- Since 2000, all types of discretionary spending have grown rapidly.
- Overall, since 1990, domestic discretionary spending has risen 104 percent faster than inflation and defense/security discretionary spending has risen 51 percent.