Pruitt clearly has different plans for the EPA than his predecessor Gina McCarthy, who called President Trump’s proposal, “a scorched-earth budget that represents an all out assault on clean air, water, and land”.
Even though President Donald Trump’s budget blueprint does not mention Social Security and Medicare, the administration is not “dodging the issue” and Trump will keep his campaign promises on the programs, said Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Deficit spending allows presidents and Congress to give the people all that they want, including tax cuts, while charging the tab to future generations.
Notably, the budget also does not include details on how much taxpayer money will be spent on the promised infrastructure project. His budget repeatedly attacks those unfortunate, both in the United States and outside its borders. All we did is take a dollar away from over here and reprioritize it over there.
To offset what the budget calls “one of the largest increases in defense spending without increasing the debt”, Trump would cut deep into domestic programs.
The cutbacks finance significant spending increases at three departments: Defense (up 9 percent), Homeland Security (up 7 percent), and Veterans’ Affairs (up 6 percent). The 2018 Budget places power in the hands of parents and families to choose schools that are best for their children by investing an additional $1.4 billion in school choice programs. It would cut 3,200 jobs, or more than 20 percent of the agency’s current workforce of about 15,000. The State Department and Environmental Protection Agency are set for reductions of 28 and 31 percent respectively, and every department other than defense will get less money. That means less foreign aid, less money for the United Nations and the World Bank.
The budget blueprint includes a 17.9 percent chop to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 13 percent less for the Department of Education, a 13.2 percent reduction in Department of Housing and Urban Development spending and a decrease of 21 percent for the Department of Labor.
Since Trump was sworn in as president, the military has sent hundreds of troops to Syria and also launched a number of airstrikes and conducted ground raids in Yemen. All would see more than a fifth of their budget go up in smoke.
Mulvaney said a lot of the programs to be cut “sound great” but “a lot of them simply don’t work”, he said.
“I really couldn’t go in or out of the house.it was too hard”, she said. Another casualty of this proposed budget is the Meals on Wheels food delivery program.
The proposal would cease federal spending on the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program, which describes itself as a “public-private partnership with Centers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico dedicated to serving small- and medium-sized manufacturers”. “And in fact something we don’t think we can defend anymore”.