Environmental Protection Agency left to die with -31% funding slash, State Department gutted by -29%, Departments of Health, Transportation, Education, Housing, Labor, Agriculture all bleeding around -20%.
on Thursday released a proposed #budget
that could #cut
to the #EnvironmentalProtectionAgency
by 31 percent and the #StateDepartment
by 29 percent while boosting #military
Stacks of the blueprint — titled “America First” — were delivered to the Government Printing Office bookstore and a 62-page document was posted on the #WhiteHouse
website early Thursday.
Office of Management and Budget Director #MickMulvaney
on Wednesday told reporters the White House proposal will cut the #EPA’s
budget down from $8.1 billion to $5.7 billion. About 3,200 positions — or more than 20 percent — in the EPA’s #workforce
of 15,000 would be #cut
The proposed budget would #end
funding to former President #BarackObama’s
— his signature effort to combat #ClimateChange
by regulating power plants’ #CarbonDioxide
emissions. EPA programs such as the $73 million-a-year #ChesapeakeBay
cleanup project and the Energy Star program, designed to improve energy efficiency and save consumers money, would lose all funding.
“You can’t #drain-the-swamp
and leave all the people in it. So, I guess the first place that comes to mind will be the Environmental Protection Agency,” Mulvaney told reporters. “The president wants a smaller EPA. He thinks they #overreach
, and the budget reflects that.”
In a Gallup poll released Wednesday, 59 percent of Americans said protecting the environment is more important than continuing use of traditional energy, such as fossil fuels. In the poll, 71 percent of people said the United States should focus on alternative energy to solve U.S. energy problems, while 23 percent said the country should emphasize the production of oil, gas and coal.
The State Department’s core programs face a $10 billion cut. The budget proposal would eliminate climate-change initiatives and slash foreign aid funding, United Nations contributions and cultural exchanges. The proposal also calls for cuts to State Department operations in war-torn areas such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Overall, the State Department’s budget would shrink from $52.8 billion to $37.6 billion.
Trump’s proposal would eliminate funding to 19 agencies including the African Development Foundation, the Chemical Safety Board, the National Endowment for the Arts, the U.S. Institute on Peace and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.
The winners in Trump’s proposed budget are the #DefenseDepartment
which would see a $52.3 billion increase, the Department of #VeteransAffairs
which would see a $4.4 billion increase and the Department of #HomelandSecurity
which will see a $2.8 billion increase.
“There’s no question this is a hard-power budget,” #Mulvaney
said. “It is not a soft-power budget. This is a #hard-power
budget. And that was done intentionally. The president very clearly wants to send a message to our allies and our potential adversaries that this is a #strong-power
budget requires approval from #Congress
Trump delivers budget boosting military, cutting EPA, State Dept.