Things To Know About President Trump's Stark Budget Proposal
- Author: Larry Hoffman Mar 17, 2017,
Mar 17, 2017, 1:57
"It is time to prioritize the security and well-being of Americans, and to ask the rest of the world to step up and pay its fair share", Trump said in a statement included in the budget, justifying what he described as "deep cuts" to foreign aid.
The budget slashes funding for the Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent and funding for the State Department by 28 percent.
The budget goes after the frequent targets of the Republican Party's staunchest conservatives, eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts, legal aid for the poor and low-income heating assistance. So while liberals and lobby groups will complain, individual states can fund programs such as LIHEAP and EAS themselves. The administration argues in the budget proposal that the $2.4 billion Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants Program is "poorly targeted and spread thinly across thousands of districts with scant evidence of impact".
The White House released the first draft of the Trump administration's proposed budget for 2018 on Thursday morning. Senator Lindsey Graham has already said that Trump's budget will be "dead on arrival" over its drastic cuts to the State Department.
And the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would also receive just $69 billion under the President's budget proposal, a reduction of 17.9%.
For Republican Congressional leadership, Trump's budget does not live up to his bellicose rhetoric.
The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) said the budget would significantly "shift spending away from public investment in education, research, and infrastructure, among other areas". 'This is a "hard power" budget.
United Nations agencies would see their funding cut and are expected to "rein in costs", according to the budget. When a president has to write, "These cuts are sensible and rational" in a budget plan, you can probably guess it's going to be neither of those things. The budget says that the administration would "cease payments to the United Nations' climate change programs by eliminating US funding related to the Green Climate Fund and its two precursor Climate Investment Funds".
McCain and House Armed Services Committee chairman Mac Thornberry agree on a $640 billion defense budget for fiscal year 2018 plus sustained increases over the years, he adds.
While the president's budget makes steep cuts, it also earmarks some increases for HHS programs.
More than 3,000 Environmental Protection Agency workers would lose their jobs and programmes such as Mr Obama's Clean Power Plan, which would tighten regulations on emissions from power plants seen as contributing to global warming, would be eliminated.