Trump's EPA cuts would be a disaster for public health

Office of Budget and Management Director Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that President Donald Trump's budget is cutting costs in the administration - despite the millions of dollars being spent on security for the president's trips to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

"Trump's budget proposal would effectively cripple the EPA's ability to do anything on behalf of public health and environmental protection, and leave local and state governments on their own in fighting climate change, water contamination, air pollution from toxic industries", said Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group.

"Every corner of the federal budget is scrutinized, every program tested, every penny of taxpayer money watched over", said Mulvaney. On the right, folks couldn't be happier.

Trump's plan took a big swipe at some federal institutions, envisaging a more than 31 percent cut, or $2.6 billion, for the Environmental Protection Agency and a 28 percent reduction, or $10.9 billion, for the State Department and other global programs.

Congressman Seth Moulton, D-Salem, called the president's budget package, which was unveiled Thursday, "shortsighted".

- The budget could cut funding for Meals on Wheels, a program that provides meals for older, poor Americans.

President Trump's proposal on Thursday for deep cuts to the budgets of a broad part of the federal bureaucracy was billed as a tough-minded and necessary corrective to the growth of the government's power.

The budget also eliminates funding for regional programs to clean up the Great Lakes, Puget Sound and Chesapeake Bay, as well as Energy Star, a popular program to promote efficiency in home appliances.

As for entitlements, Mulvaney said Mr. Trump's budget is consistent with his promise not to take away anyone's Social Security or Medicare - and drew attention to programs such as Social Security Disability Insurance as potential areas that could be cut.

Trump's budget outline covered just "discretionary" spending, or programs that must be renewed annually by Congress, for the 2018 fiscal year starting on October 1.

Should Congress agree to Trump's budget, which isn't likely, more responsibility would be pushed down to the states.

Case in point: One of the staff's daily duties includes updating a White House blog, called "Your 1600 daily", that rounds up Oval Office memos and news highlights, with links to media reports that often include positive news coverage of the Trump administration.

"Climate change will never disappear", he said. "At worst, the United States is going to look like - we'll not just give up a leadership position, but we're going to look like we don't understand the kind of data and science that the rest of the world acknowledges".

"A government that does not invest in her people does not put America first".

  • Leroy Wright