Trump’s Budget Attack on Poor, Arts, Environment, Education, Development, Diplomacy, Science….
The Trump Administration’s first budget imposes deep cuts in almost all non-military programs, eliminating some, while boosting spending in the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security.
Citing “security”, the Administration adds more than $52 billion (about 10%) to Defense, $2.8 billion (7%) to Homeland Security, and $4.4 billion (6%) to Veterans’ Affairs.
But other areas of security — environmental security, social security, and security through diplomacy and development — are slashed as well as programs for the poor, education, and the arts.
Here's a Budget starter: looks like #Trump & Co. can't comprehend that you don't get "security" w $$$ for military & cuts everywhere else
— Scott Lucas (@ScottLucas_EA) March 16, 2017
Despite the sweeping reductions, discretionary spending in the overall Federal budget is only reduced by about 1.2%, because of the boost in military spending — as well as $2.6 billion would be dedicated for border security technology and infrastructure, including Trump’s “The Wall” on the US-Mexican border, and $1.8 billion to support the crackdown on undocumented immigrants.
*Climate change research is eliminated
*National Endowment for Humanities is eliminated
*National Endowment for Arts is eliminated
*Pre- and after-school and summer school education and social programs are eliminated
*The Community Development Block Grant Program, which funds local improvement efforts and anti-poverty programs and contributes to Meals on Wheels for the elderly, is eliminated
*Rental assistance and homeownership programs and affordable housing initiatives are reduced
*National Forest System is cut and loan and grant programs for water and sewage systems are eliminated
*Job training programs are cut, including those for seniors, disadvantaged young people, and the unemployed
*State Department and Agency for International Development budget is cut 28%, with almost 50% reduction in support for UN programs. Funding for the World Bank will decrease $650 million over three years. Support is eliminated for the US Institute of Peace and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
*Corporation for Public Broadcasting is eliminated
*Help for college students with greatest need is eliminated
*Environmental Protection Agency budget is reduced by 31%, including elimination of the Clean Power Plan to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Clean energy initiatives such as the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy and the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program are cut or eliminated
*Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is eliminated
*The National Institutes of Health budget is cut 18%
*National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s grants and programs for coastal and marine management, research, and education are eliminated
*The Minority Business Development Agency is eliminated
*National Heritage Areas and the National Wildlife Refuge Fund are cut