Budget Cuts

3/16/2017 The Proposed Budget Cuts and its Look on Both Sides

What the Wash. Post Says

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Trump federal budget 2018: Massive cuts to the arts, science and the poor

President Trump on Thursday will unveil a budget plan that calls for a sharp increase in military spending and stark cuts across much of the rest of the government including the elimination of dozens of long-standing federal programs that assist the poor, fund scientific research and aid America’s allies abroad.

Trump’s first budget proposal, which he named “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” would increase defense spending by $54 billion and then offset that by stripping money from more than 18 other agencies. Some would be hit particularly hard, with reductions of more than 20 percent at the Agriculture, Labor and State departments and of more than 30 percent at the Environmental Protection Agency.




It would also propose eliminating future federal support for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Within EPA alone, 50 programs and 3,200 positions would be eliminated.

The cuts could represent the widest swath of reductions in federal programs since the drawdown after World War II, probably leading to a sizable cutback in the federal non-military workforce, something White House officials said was one of their goals.

Many of Trump’s budget proposals are likely to run into stiff resistance from lawmakers on Capitol Hill, even from Republicans, whose support is crucial because they must vote to authorize government appropriations. Republicans have objected, for example, to the large cuts in foreign aid and diplomacy that Trump has foreshadowed, and his budget whacks foreign aid programs run by the Education, State and Treasury departments, among others.




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What Town Hall says

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Mulvaney: On The New White House Budget, Trump is Beholden to Nobody But The American People

President Trump released his discretionary spending budget Thursday morning, better known as The America First Budget. It totals $1.1. trillion and significantly increases defense spending, which is offset by cuts in a number of government agencies.

"I ask the Congress to consider the enclosed appropriations request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017.  The request includes an additional $30 billion for the Department of Defense (DOD) to rebuild the U.S. Armed Forces and accelerate the campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and an additional $3 billion for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for urgent border protection activities," Trump sent in his budget request to House Speaker Paul Ryan Thursday. "In conjunction with this request, I recommend that the Congress enact non-defense discretionary reductions of $18 billion in FY 2017, which would fully offset the amounts proposed for DHS and would offset half of the amounts proposed for DOD."



Speaking from the White House briefing room Thursday, Office of Budget and Management Director Mich Mulvaney defended President Trump's budget priorities and answered questions from reporters.

"The President is absolutely going to keep his promises made on the campaign trail," Mulvaney said. "Keep in mind the president is in a unique position. I've been a member of Congress. I represented 700,000 people in South Carolina and I had my constituency as a district. Senators represent an entire state. We're always dealing with special interests from back home, we're dealing with lobbyists from back home. The President is beholden to none of that. The President has drafted a budget for the entire nation because that's who he sees himself as representing."

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