“President Trump is not making anyone more secure with a budget that hollows out our economy and endangers working families”, she said.
We’re sending a message to Congress, and the message is very, very clear. While critics are alarmed, the blueprint has a saving grace, according to Mulvaney: “The president ran saying he would spend less money overseas and more money back home”.
We’re not balancing the budget here. We will take care of our VETS. Mulvaney declared that the Trump Administration is not “spending money on that anymore”. Shifting $54 billion from non-defense discretionary spending to defense, as Mr. Trump’s plan would do, required big cuts to vital accounts.
DOD will receive $639 billion under the proposal, a $52 billion increase.
Defense spending, by contrast, is set to rise under the budget while the Department of Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs will both gain additional funding under the proposal.
The 2018 budget blueprint calls for the elimination or reduction of more than 20 programs but would add $1.4 billion in school choice support. The Obama administration’s clean power plant program would go away. Despite saying during his campaign that he wanted to eliminate disease, he’s also cutting the National Institutes of Health’s budget by nearly $6 billion. All would see more than a fifth of their budget go up in smoke.
The budget starts with the ludicrous, politicised lie that former US-president Barack Obama has slashed military spending, reducing U.S. forces to unsafe levels. It does not delve into many specifics about what those changes would look like, other than abolishing the Fogarty International Center, a $69.1 million program devoted to establishing health research partnerships with other nations, and folding the freestanding Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality into the NIH.
“I can’t justify them to the folks who are paying the taxes”. “We can ask them to pay for defense, and we will”. And great – Meals on Wheels sounds great.
Inslee’s office highlighted several proposed cuts, including a 13 percent reduction for the U.S. Department of Education that would eliminate some after-school and summer programs, as well as training for teachers.