Less than a week after the House Appropriations Committee sorted out its final staff assignments, their new chairman, Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY), gave his subcommittees one week to find the $44 billion in cuts in current year spending from the newly concocted category of "nonsecurity discretionary spending." That category contains 12 of the 15 departments of the federal government but only one-eighth of total federal spending. The cuts mandated by newly installed House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) will lower the annual appropriations for programs in that category by 9.5 percent, but because the fiscal year is nearly half gone the reduction in operating levels will be closer to 19 percent for many programs. The subcommittees have been directed to complete this reshaping of the federal government by the end of this week, and the House is scheduled to vote on the proposal next week.

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