Trump's New 'Hard Power' Budget: What's on the Chopping Block

"If Trump refuses to be serious about protecting our health and climate, or our publicly owned lands, then Congress must act, do its job and reject this rigged budget".

"Not just the compassion in terms of where the money goes but the compassion of where the money comes from".

He'd cut spending at the Department of Housing and Urban Development by $6.2 billion or more than 13 percent.

The plan calls for the curbing of the Economic Development Administration, the Minority Business Development Agency, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership program and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grant programs like Sea Grants, saving the department more than $595 million.

The craziest thing about his proposed budget is that it works against his stated goal of making America safer.

"... The leaders of the scientific and medical establishment woke up to that startling news [of large proposed budget cuts] Thursday morning and quickly fired off statements of protest and alarm". "As a practical matter, it does not affect the big issues that drive that".

It is precisely what conservatives have wanted to control. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. "That is not a legacy I want to leave".

That is why I have instructed my Budget Director, Mick Mulvaney, to craft a budget that emphasizes national security and public safety.

"It's a fair question", he said. And just a follow-up later when you get a chance. Yet Trump has repeatedly fostered that myth, whether by invoking "management" as a deficit cure during the campaign or by his irresponsible promise to deal with the fiscal future while simultaneously boosting defense spending, massively cutting taxes and protecting Social Security and Medicare. "It is simply the first part of the appropriations process", he said. "We will certainly review this budget proposal, but Congress ultimately has the power of the purse".

Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, said Thursday he will join other governors to push back against the cuts.

Joe Gould writes the White House's FY 2018 budget plan would provide the Defense Department with $639 billion, which includes $574 billion for DoD's base requirements and $65 billion for overseas contingency operations. Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and food and income security benefits account for almost two-thirds of all federal spending.

And many of his proposed cuts are at odds with congressional priorities.

These cuts and others will essentially help offset a 9 percent, $58 billion, increase in defense spending, a down payment on the border wall Trump continues to insist Mexico will pay for and school voucher programs.

But the list of budget cuts includes some that will likely also face political pushback from Republicans, such as that of a 43-year-old popular program that has allocated tens of billions of dollars of grants to states, counties and cities - in both red and blue states.

McConnell on Thursday went in search of a silver lining.

Also eliminated would be the Department of Housing and Urban Development's $3 billion in community development block grants - Nashville alone got $4.5 million past year to help provide low-income housing. "These are positive steps in the right direction".

I look forward to engaging the Congress and enacting this America First Budget.

  • Zachary Reyes