Congressman Black Unveils Spending Cut Proposals for “YouCut” Initiative

Jun 6, 2012

Washington, DC (June 6, 2012) – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN) unveiled three spending cut proposals that are featured on Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s interactive “YouCut” website.  

“Americans are outraged – and rightfully so – by the explosive levels of debt and runaway spending that threaten our economic recovery and our future. I too share their outrage. That’s why I ran for Congress, and that’s why I am fighting every day to cut spending and balance the budget,” said Congressman Black. “To save the American Dream for current and future generations, we must be constantly finding ways – both large and small – to cut government spending and balance the budget. YouCut is a great way for Tennesseans and Americans across the country to get involved and let their voices be heard on fiscal responsibility.”

To vote on Congressman Black’s spending cut proposals, click here. The winning proposal will be announced via web video on Wednesday, June 20th.

“YouCut” gives Americans the opportunity to vote, both online and on their cell phone, on spending cuts that they want to see the House enact immediately. This week, the three featured spending cut proposals on the “YouCut” website were introduced by Congressman Black. The proposal that receives the most votes is guaranteed an up-or-down vote on the House floor. Congressman Black is fighting to ensure that each of these instances of frivolous spending is eliminated.

Congressman Black’s “YouCut” Proposals:

Terminate a program that funds community organizing among tenants of public housing

Potential Savings - up to $100 million over 10 years

The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Tenant Resource Network Program makes grants to community organizations to advise tenants of properties that receive Section 8 public housing assistance of their rights when the property owner seeks to leave the Section 8 program. The grants fund community organizing to encourage public housing tenants to lobby their landlords to keep buildings in the subsidized housing program. Bottom line: Federal tax dollars should not be used to pressure owners of residential rental properties to remain in federally-subsidized public housing programs.

Stop Using Federal Construction Funds for Commissioning Artwork  

 Potential Savings - up to $42 million over 10 years

The Art in Architecture program directs the General Services Administration to divert one-half of one percent of the cost of any new federal building construction or major renovation project for commissioning new artwork to adorn the building or grounds. Generally this set-aside is responsible for large abstract sculpture installations near federal buildings. Removing this set-aside would reduce unnecessary construction costs for federal building projects.

Terminate Federal Grants for Studying “Endangered” Languages

Potential Savings – up to $41 million over 10 years

The National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities jointly manage a program that seeks to document obscure human languages which may disappear as native speakers of those languages cease to use them. The program seeks to document in digital audio and video format the world’s 7000 human languages. In addition, the program funds development of lexicons, grammars and text samples of dying languages. Grants also fund field work for recording native speakers of obscure languages. Eight to 12 grants worth up to $150,000 each plus 12 fellowships for academic researchers worth up to $50,400 per year are funded by the program.