Stimulus to come up for vote, cuts expected

Senators, who'll likely vote on the bill Thursday night, are eyeing familiar suspects, like arts funding and Amtrak, as they pare down the bill.

By Alex Koppelman

Published February 5, 2009 5:42PM (EST)

The stimulus is expected to come up for a vote in the Senate Thursday night. Before that happens, though, a group of the more centrist Senators want to make some cuts to the usual bogeymen of spending bills.

Sorry, National Endowment for the Arts -- sure, Walker Evans may have taken a few pretty photos during the Great Depression, but you won't miss that $50 million, right? This is what point-and-shoot digital cameras were made for, people.

$1 billion for the National Science Foundation? What do you think this is, Louis Pasteur, France?

$1 billion for Amtrak? Come on, it's not like those trains ever run on time anyway. And surely funding from Congress, which forces them to operate unprofitable routes, couldn't fix their problems.

$400 million for STD prevention? That doesn't create jobs!

Anyway, you get the point. But, as the New York Times -- which provided this handy list -- points out, even these cuts won't add up to the $200 billion some Senators want slashed from the bill. So look for more changes to be floated today.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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