Enzi statement on Trump’s budget blueprint

“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”, says Trump in the blueprint’s introduction.

US President Donald Trump released his budget proposals for 2018 and it looks just as he said it might. Lawmakers will flesh it out and make changes. And Congress is certain to make changes.

Details are scant regarding how the proposed cutbacks in domestic funding would affect many other programs serving people with developmental disabilities. A broader budget will be released later, which will include Trump’s proposals for taxation along with the bulk of government spending. Rather, it’s best to think of the president’s budget as a statement of priorities.

Many budget proposals by American presidents are declared “dead on arrival“. Similarly, the EPA spent about 19.8 percent of its budget on contracts in fiscal 2016, and its vendors could be out as much as $500 million because of Trump’s proposed $2.5 billion in cuts to EPA.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: The HHS agency will become part of NIH.

During his remarks, Kenny also encouraged Trump to support immigration reform. He calls for an increase in defense spending by $54 billion, which The Associated Press points out is the largest increase since President Reagan’s military buildup of the 1980s.

On the flip side, contractors for the State Department and other global programs could experience some losses: About $2.8 billion of the proposed $10.9 billion in cuts to that category will fall on them.

The increase defence spending will be recouped through deep cuts elsewhere, the BBC understands.

The biggest drain on the federal budget is entitlement programs, sometimes called mandatory spending, which are not subject to Congress’s appropriations.

Friday’s edition of the “1600 Daily” highlighted a Washington Post article by humorist Alexandra Petri with a deceptively positive title: “Trump’s budget makes ideal sense and will fix America, and I will tell you why”.

Trump would end federal funding for 62 agencies and programs, including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and AmeriCorps.

Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, told The Huffington Post: “We wrote it using the president’s own words”.

Also on the chopping block: more than 50 EPA programs such as Energy Star and regional programs such as the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. “It is not a soft power budget”, Mulvaney said. But he said the budget provides enough funding for agencies such as the State Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to carry out its most important responsibilities. John McCain, who is chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, criticized that first proposal and counter-proposed a defense budget of $640 billion. Still, Trump’s moves have not gone unnoticed among Republicans.

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