Under a congressional spending plan proposed by Republicans, more than 60 programs would be axed completely including the President's hopes of building a nationwide network of bullet trains.
Also on the chopping block are items ranging from birth control funding to public broadcasting.
There's no panic at the White House, since the proposal has virtually no chance of becoming law.
Democrats still control Senate purse strings and are certain to oppose the plan.
Republicans hope proposals calling for immediate cuts averaging 15-percent on domestic spending programs will at least frame what's sure to be a heated debate over federal spending this year.
While the House Appropriations Committee proposal spares entitlement programs along with military spending, it would make deep cuts in other programs.
The Energy Department's Office of Science could see a 30-percent budget cut.
A program that provides food for low-income mothers and children would take a five-percent hit, and the Internal Revenue Service would have to make do with two-percent less revenue for its operations.
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