Isn't it Democrats who are babbling about shared sacrifice?
The ranking member of the House Administration Committee is calling on Congress to fulfill its commitment to fund the establishment of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.Canceling it entirely would save us even more. Has he even considered that?
Rep. Robert Brady (D-Pa.) sent a letter Tuesday to Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee on Interior and the Environment and ranking member Rep. James Moran (D-Va.), expressing concern over the funding level for the Smithsonian Institution in the fiscal year 2012 Appropriations bill.
“When Congress enacted the authorizing legislation establishing the National Museum of African American History and Culture within the Smithsonian in 2003, we explicitly authorized a 50-50 public-private funding ratio,” Brady wrote.
According to a statement Brady released the same day, the FY12 appropriations bill provides less than half of the $125 million in federal contributions requested by the Smithsonian.
“With the ground-breaking on the African American Museum currently scheduled for the summer of 2012, underfunding it now, at this critical juncture, could generate substantial delays and ultimately cost tax-payers significantly more,” he added.
It's time to cut spending. Period.