Conservative and Libertarian groups are mostly in consensus on the budget Trump released Thursday: It’s a good start, not ideal, but far better than any budget the previous Republican president proposed. The budget comes in at only 50 pages, less than half the size of previous administrations’ budgets. Yet the Trump administration has used its budget to assault the agencies tasked with protecting America’s public health.
Offsetting those cuts is a $52 billion-bump to the Department of Defense – a 10 percent increase – in addition to $65 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations.
The Trump Administration’s fiscal year 2018 budget proposal proposes massive cuts across virtually every major department and agency, with the exception of Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs.
The budget blueprint-set for release at 7 a.m. EST Thursday-deals only with discretionary spending. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has stated the budget cuts to the National Park Service left him “not happy”.
“We propose ending funding but technically what you’ll see. some amount of money that’s necessary for us to unwind our involvement with the CPB”, Mulvaney said. Most of these programs are not mentioned by name in the budget proposal, but it does mention Energy Star, the prominent program meant to “promote energy efficiency in products, homes and buildings nationwide”.
If we can cut enough librarians, scientists and after-school programs for kids, Trump’s budget director calculates, we can fund more weapons programs-including a renewed investment in nuclear weapons.
The budget summary said the rationale for the changes is to give local and state governments – often facing severe budget constraints themselves – responsibility for such clean-up efforts. The budget also says the USDA will reduce staffing by an unspecified number at various service centers.
Republicans leaders spread out across the country have found items in the budget that would likely not still well with their voters.
Notably, the budget also does not include details on how much taxpayer money will be spent on the promised infrastructure project. The current budget of $8.1 billion, having absorbed 20 percent in cuts since 2010, is the lowest in 30 years, when adjusted for inflation.
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”. “In this sense, this budget ignores the 70 percent of spending that is responsible for 90 percent of spending growth over the next decade and tells us nothing about how the Administration will address the nation’s unsustainably rising national debt”.