Thursday, March 16, 2017

Politico: Trump’s budget ripped from Bannon’s nationalistic playbook

Trump’s budget, set for release today, proposes the broadest cuts to federal programs since just after World War II.

President Trump’s first budget proposes sharp increases in military spending and dramatic reductions across much of the rest of the government. If the spending bill for fiscal year 2018 is approved by Congress, some agencies would be hit hard, with reductions of more than 20 percent at the Agriculture, Labor and State departments. Within the Environmental Protection Agency alone, 50 programs and 3,200 positions would be eliminated. The president’s budget also proposes eliminating future federal support for the National Endowment of the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The sheer size of the budget cuts would likely lead to cutbacks in the federal non-military workforce, something White House officials said was one of their goals. You can’t drain the swamp and leave all the people in it, White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters.

President Donald Trump's budget represents
a crucial road map for a president who is new
to government, and who has at least a full term
to pursue his goals. | AP Photo

By Shane Goldmacher