Trump budget would slash vital funding for arts, science

In fiscal year 2017, $18 billion in nondefense discretionary cuts would be overridden by $30 million in additional military spending and another $3 billion for beefed up border security and immigration officers and the much-talked-about wall on the Mexican border.

The Chattanooga Area Food Bank helps thousands of people each week and serves approximately 20 counties in Tennessee and Georgia. The current federal budget expires on April 28 of this year, meaning another shutdown is possible if either a complete budget or stop-gap measure isn’t passed. As a result, more than 200,000 families, seniors, and people with disabilities who benefit from housing assistance will be at immediate risk of homelessness, according to Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

US President Donald Trump released his budget proposals for 2018 and it looks just as he said it might.

For instance, the Department of State could see its budget fall by about 28 percent, which would have big worldwide implications – impacting the funding of foreign aid, the United Nations and peacekeeping missions.

The proposed budget also would eliminate anticipated funding for seven future transit lines Washington state – including the light-rail corridor from Lynnwood to Northgate.

The $1.1 trillion spending plan includes “big league” winners, like the US military, which gets a 10 percent boost, the Nuclear Security Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs.

The proposed budget would end funding to former President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan – his signature effort to combat climate change by regulating power plants’ carbon dioxide emissions. We now have an America first president.

Though the newly released request marks the first official White House announcement of proposed budget figures, it doesn’t include details for every program in every department.

“When you start looking at the places that will reduce spending, one of the questions that we asked was, can we really continue to ask a coal miner in West Virginia or a single mom in Detroit to pay for these programs?”

In addition to the $52 billion increase for the Pentagon, Trump added another $2 billion to other national defense programs outside of the department. Furthermore, the Department of Energy will also receive nearly a 20 percent cut, meaning a reduction of $900 million to its budget allocation, from the total of $5 billion. But although many see these cuts as draconian, they still don’t come close to fixing the country’s budget problem. “So you won’t see a zero next to it, but the policy is we’re ending the federal involvement in the Corporation for Public Broadcasting”.

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