Trump’s First Budget Plan Would Take An Ax To The EPA’s Funds

“The budget blueprint issued today by President Trump includes incredibly harmful reductions to education, environmental protection, housing, health care, job training and economic development programs”, Inslee said in a written statement. It will include the White House outlook for the economy, as well as tax proposals, and plans for reducing the deficit. “It’s time for those scientists, if they haven’t done so yet, to immediately contact their representatives”, she said. “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”. Proposed military spending outside of the Pentagon brings the total to $54 billion.

The budget earmarks $1.4 billion in the current fiscal year and another $2.6 billion in the next for the planning, design and construction of the U.S. -Mexico border wall, an oft-cited pledge made by Trump.

The budget increases resources for Veterans Affairs to improve access to doctors and support services. We’re going to spend money.

Trump’s proposed budget would cut the Environmental Protection Agency budget by 31 percent – almost one-third – and eliminate more than 3,200 jobs.

The departments of commerce, agriculture, education, energy, health and human services would all see major cuts.

The plan also would eliminate funding for the State Department’s Global Climate Change Initiative and the U.N. Green Climate Fund, which help developing nations address climate change.

“We rely on a good federal workforce to provide services to the American people, whether it’s getting your Social Security check, whether it’s folks making sure that polluters don’t get away with dirtying our air and contaminating our water, and yet this budget cuts all those important investments”, he said.

The U.S. spent approximately $5.64 billion dollars on foreign military aid in 2015, according to the State Department website.

Remember, this budget proposal is just that – a proposal. “Must make safety its number one priority”. While we can all agree that a strong national defense is necessary, our military spending already exceeds the budgets of the next seven largest militaries in the world combined. Under the Trump budget, pollution cleanup efforts and energy efficiency measures would be shoved to the side. It will be weeks or months before we get a true sense of what government spending will look like in the Trump era. This budget is really a slap in the face of the future. His budget seeks to cut the Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent.

In addition, the budget blueprint unveiled on March 16 would restart funding for a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nev., and calls for $120 million to restart licensing of the facility.

REP. PAUL RYAN, R-Wis., Speaker of the House: We will have a full hearing about how our priorities will be met.

The 31 percent cut would scrap key environmental regulations introduced by former President Barack Obama, including his signature Clean Power Plan, which was meant to reduce carbon emissions from power plants.

For the PBS NewsHour, I’m John Yang at the White House. Those are to come in another budget document in May.

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