Pallone: Trump budget "not a serious proposal''"
- Author: Joanne Flowers Mar 16, 2017,
Mar 16, 2017, 23:37
As well, Mulvaney revealed that the $54 billion increase would go not just toward Pentagon programs, but also defense-related spending in other departments.
The plan, titled "America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again", calls for a $54 billion increase in spending on defense and national security, making the US military and the Department of Homeland Security the big winners.
The budget also restructures the Passenger Security Fee to shift 75 percent of TSA aviation security costs to the consumer market.
The budget, titled "America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again", kept numerous promises Trump made on the campaign trail including beefing up military resources and securing USA borders.
This budget essentially codifies Trump's war on the liberal state-coupled with his spree of deregulation, it's a huge victory for private corporations and a huge loss for anyone who relies on the state in any way for food, shelter, education, or funding. He told ABC News' "Good Morning America" on Thursday that the budget proposal helped fulfill Trump's campaign promises. "The more that we put into the State Department's diplomacy, hopefully the less we have to put into a military budget as we deal with the outcome of an apparent American withdrawal from the worldwide scene".
The proposed NIH budget, for one, would mean deep cuts to biomedical research funding-basic science that leads to breakthroughs in treating disease. "If you take soft power off the table then you're never going to win the war", Graham said, calling Trump's proposed plan to slash the department's budget by 28 percent "a disaster". What's more, Trump's plan would cut 1.5 billion from the Commerce Department, erasing more than $250 million in National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grants, including a program that helps coastal communities adapt to climate change and maintain healthy water. He's also calliing for boosting the federal charter school grant program-currently funded at $333 million-by an additional $168 million. For transit projects that have yet to reach that stage, funding from the Federal Transit Administration's New Starts program - now budgeted for $2.3 billion annually through 2020 [PDF] - would no longer be available.
It'd be easier to stomach the bone-cutting budget cuts to some programs if they were across-the-board, targeted, specific reductions that set us on a path toward a neutral budget.
Mulvaney said the funding in the budget blueprint "provides for a couple of different pilot cases", but the White House hasn't determined what type of construction a wall would consist of or where construction would start.
Trump calls for the modernization of the Armed Forces, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. McConnell said a budget that cuts State Department funds by one-third is unlikely to pass in his chamber.
Funding for the wall has also been a major point of contention in ongoing negotiations over supplemental appropriations. With the intent to allow these funds to travel with students as well, the administration may be looking to offset the $2.4 billion cuts to teacher training programs and $1.2 billion cuts to after-school and summer enrichment programs.