Senate Democrats take aim at House Republican spending bill, state-by-state

Senate Democrats on Friday unveiled their latest critique of House Republicans’ spending plan, breaking down what they contend would be the state-by-state impact of the GOP spending cuts in an interactive map.

The Senate Democrats’ map is based on a projection by Moody’s Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi that the House Republican plan, which would cut $61 billion over the next seven months, could result in 700,000 fewer jobs being created by the end of next year.

Republicans have taken issue with that projection, claiming that Zandi’s credibility is doubtful because he supported Democrats’ 2009 economic stimulus plan.

In a spending debate that is often dominated by numbers in the billions and trillions, the map is part of the Senate Democratic strategy of attempting to quantify the local impact of federal funding cuts. According to the map, California, for instance, would be on track to lose 75,000 jobs if the House Republican plan were to pass, while Ohio would lose almost 27,000.

In addition to state-by-state estimates of job losses, the Democrats’ map also lays out other potential impacts of the House-passed spending bill, which were calculated after surveying administration agencies and departments.

Democrats argue that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, for instance, could lose more than $38 million in federal funding; Arizona’s homeland security funding could be reduced by $1.5 million; and as many as 4,000 Tennessee children could lose access to the Head Start early education program.

The Senate is poised to vote as early as next Tuesday on the House-passed spending bill as well as a competing proposal laid out by Senate Democrats on Friday. Neither measure is expected to pass the upper chamber; rather, the votes will most likely serve as a first step toward reaching an eventual compromise between the two sides.

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