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President Trump’s 1.1 Trillion Budget Makes Drastic Cuts to the Federal Government

President Trump recently proposed a $1.1 trillion budget that makes tremendous cuts to the federal government. The proposed budget that was sent to Congress drew swift criticism for its cuts to federal programs and the federal workforce while allocating additional funds for defense spending. Mick Mulvaney said in a White House press conference, “We had an America first candidate, we now have an America first president, so it shouldn’t surprise anybody that we have an America first budget”. The president is proposing an increase of nearly $60 billion more on defense, homeland security and veteran’s care.

Read The Full Budget Here

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Many are saying the cuts to the federal government are unprecedented. Depending on your political and governmental philosophy, the federal government has long been overreaching and needs to be cut. The budget proposes a 29% cut to the state department slashing foreign aid, a 31% cut to the environmental protection agency, including programs that combat climate change.

Senator Chris Coons (D) Deleware said, “President Trumps own secretary of defense, General Mattis, when he was a general said, “If you significantly cut funding from the state department and foreign assistance, you’ll have to give the military more bullets.” To dramatically increase spending on defense, and significantly cut spending on the diplomats and working professionals who often work hand in glove with our defense department in difficult and dangerous situations is unwise. I think it shows an over reliance on the military and an under appreciation for the power and effectiveness and diplomacy.”

Remember, this is the budget that the president has submitted. What gets approved and rejected remains to be seen. So according to CNN, here’s what’s getting cut:

• Health and Human Services, the department responsible for implementing Obamacare and its proposed repeal, would face a $12.6 billion cut — a 16.2% decrease
• Environmental Protection Agency: $2.6 billion, or 31.4%
• State Department: $11 billion, or 28.7%
• Labor Department: $2.5 billion, or 20.7%
• Agriculture Department: $5 billion, or 20.7%
• US Army Corps of Engineers: $1 billion, a 16.3% cut
• Cuts National Institutes of Health spending by $5.8 billion—a nearly 20% cut. Also overhauls NIH to focus on “highest priority” efforts and eliminates the Fogarty International Center.
• Other double-digit cuts include Commerce at 15.7%; Education at 13.5%; Housing and Urban Development at 13.2%; Transportation at 12.7%, and Interior at 11.7%.

Program cuts

• Eliminates the USDA Water and Wastewater loan and grant program, a reduction of $498 million
• Cuts $250 million by zeroing out National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grants and programs that support coastal and marine management, research and education
• Reduces or eliminates 20 programs within the Department of Education, including Striving Readers, Teacher Quality Partnership and Impact Aid support payments for federal property and international education programs
• Cuts FEMA state and local grant funding by $667 million, including the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program and Homeland Security Grant Program
• Eliminates funds for Section 4 Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing
• Ceases payments to the United Nations’ climate change programs for the Green Climate Fund and precursor funds
• Scales back funding for the World Bank and other international development banks by $650 million over three years
• Cuts federal subsidies to Amtrak and eliminates support for Amtrak’s long-distance services.
• Cuts funding to the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Program so new projects will not be funded
• Shrinks the Treasury workforce by an unspecified amount
• Stops funding for the Clean Power Plan
Trump’s budget would eliminate funding for some small, independent agencies entirely, as well as zero out some federal programs:
• The 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, which supports before and after school programs and summer programs
• Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, which funds research including clean energy
• African Development Foundation
• Appalachian Regional Commission
• Chemical Safety Board
• Community Development Block Grant, which in part funds Meals on Wheels
• Community Development Financial Institutions Fund grants, under Treasury
• Community Services Block Grant, under HHS
• Corporation for National and Community Service
• Corporation for Public Broadcasting
• Delta Regional Authority
• Denali Commission
• Economic Development Administration
• Essential Air Service program
• Global Climate Change Initiative
• Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Chesapeake Bay funding, and other regional programs under EPA.
• HOME Investment Partnerships Program, Choice Neighborhoods, and the Self-help Homeownership Opportunity Program, all under HUD
• Institute of Museum and Library Services
• Inter-American Foundation
• US Trade and Development Agency
• Legal Services Corporation
• Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
• McGovern-Dole International Food for Education program
• Minority Business Development Agency, under Commerce
• National Endowment for the Arts
• National Endowment for the Humanities
• NASA’s Office of Education
• Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation
• Northern Border Regional Commission
• Overseas Private Investment Corporation
• State Energy Program
• Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants program, the second-largest program feds have used to influence local education
• TIGER transportation grants
• United States Institute of Peace
• United States Interagency Council on Homelessness
• Weatherization Assistance Program
• Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

So, what do you think of the President’s budget proposal? Sound off in the comments!

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