"Scientific research, environmental protection and other priorities of the Obama administration would face steep cuts under a congressional Republican spending plan released Wednesday.
More than 60 programs would be eliminated entirely, including Obama's effort to build a network of high-speed passenger trains.
Birth control funding, the Americorps volunteer program, public broadcasting, the community-oriented policing program and a 'weatherization' program to insulate homes and office buildings also would be eliminated.
The proposal has virtually no chance of becoming law because President Barack Obama and the Democrats who control the Senate are certain to oppose it.
But it will frame a debate over federal spending that is likely to dominate Washington this year."
Andy Sullivan reports for Reuters February 10, 2011.