“Unfortunately, the budget does not include any proposals on mandatory spending or revenue and does not include any proposals or projections beyond 2018″, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget opined.
American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. said in a statement that the budget obscures the impact of job losses that would result from proposed spending cuts like the ones at EPA. “And that’s the message that we want to send to Congress”.
And the beleaguered Department of Veteran Affairs would receive a $4.4 billion increase to improve veterans’ access to doctors and support services following the 2014 scandal over patient wait times. Not all of their programs would be affected if the budget were to pass.
But this preliminary outline of the nation’s future spending is a good indicator of where Trump’s priorities are.
Mulvaney also fought back against the idea that the budget could not be passed, in part due to its cuts to State Department funding.
Other new spending includes $1.4 billion to promote privatized education, increased funding for combating opioid addiction, and more dollars to adjudicate immigration removal efforts.
The proposal would eliminate PRIME technical assistance grants, Regional Innovation Clusters and Growth Accelerators, as well as any program “where the private sector provides effective mechanisms to foster local business development and investment”.
Community Development Block Grant program: One of HUD’s longest continuously run programs “is not well-targeted to the poorest populations”, according to the Trump administration. Graham and others also will turn their attention to protecting funding for other valuable things like public television, scientific research and arts programs.
The president wants a $54 billion boost in defense spending and the money has to come from somewhere.
Homeland Security spending would rise nearly 7 percent if the administration had its way to a total of $44.1 billion.
Yesterday, the White House released its first budget blueprint, also referred to as its skinny budget, and the consensus all around is that the proposed budget will not make America great again. It would cut 3,200 jobs, or more than 20 percent of the agency’s current workforce of about 15,000.
These cuts, which have been rumored for awhile, seem to fly in the face of Defense Secretary James Mattis’ views.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee, took a swipe at the budget’s heavy focus on defense spending while cutting funds at agencies like the State Department.
“We’re here today to celebrate America’s commitment to Ireland and the tremendous contributions – and I know it well – the Irish immigrants and their descendants have made right here in the United States and throughout the world”, Trump said.
“There’s no question this is a hard-power budget”, Mulvaney said.