One of the Presidents promises during his campaign was that he would defend big government. One slogan that the President kept saying is that he would “drain the swamp”, as a result, big cuts are coming to many Washington agencies. The budget plan from the White House has not been released but a proposal has been circulated.
CNN reported on what the proposal includes:
Trump’s budget proposal will include a $1.3 billion cut to the US Coast Guard, congressional sources told CNN Tuesday, but those monies would go to increase funding for border security and not budget savings. And, since the cuts would be applied to an operating budget of about $9 billion, GOP budget hawks on the Hill have been quick to slam them as too deep a reduction to the military branch’s funding.
Foreign aid and the State Department
The Trump administration, led by Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, has made clear that the State Department will experience wholesale budget cuts in their first budget, with a target squarely on foreign aid sent abroad by the United States.
Multiple Trump administration officials have also made clear that the foreign aid — which makes up roughly 1% of the federal budget — will be cut significantly under the new plan.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Budget cuts appear to be in every proposal coming from the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress — not just in formal budget measures. Republicans argue the cuts are meant to curb wasteful spending and that the program has been spent on Zumba classes and massage sessions. But the CDC says the funding is used to help states combat preventable diseases and calamities like childhood lead poisoning.
Environmental Protection Agency
Sources have also told CNN that the Trump administration may propose slashing as much as 25% of the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget, cuts that one source said would be “devastating” to day-to-day operations within the agency. Some of the EPA’s most longstanding and best-known programs are facing potential elimination, according to CNN’s Rene Marsh — including initiatives aimed at improving water and air quality as well as a number of regulations tasked with reducing the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Meanwhile, HUD Secretary Ben Carson looked to calm concerns at the department with an email to all staff Thursday, saying, “Please understand that the budget negotiations currently underway are very similar to those that have occurred in previous years.”
“This budget process is a lengthy, back-and-forth process that will continue. It’s unfortunate that preliminary numbers were published but please take some comfort in knowing that starting numbers are rarely final numbers,” he wrote.
Washington Agencies are going to have to go through something that all of us have done at one time or another learn how to cut back a bit. Even though President Trump has had some negative press with the economy booming, unemployment down 4.7% and the cuts coming to Washington his numbers are sure to improve. As a result, Democrats should be afraid, very afraid…