Trump releases first budget with slashes across the board

By Bonnie K. Goodman, BA, MLIS

President Donald Trump released his first budget on Thursday, March 16, 2017, receiving a negative response from both Congressional Republicans and Democrats. The 2018 blueprint slashes funding across the board except for defense spending. President Trump’s budget eliminates many agencies and government programs. Even the State Department was on the receiving end of the cuts, much to the chagrin of the President’s Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Democrats are outraged, and many Republicans oppose the proposal as well. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma said it best, the blueprint is only a suggestion and starting point for negotiations, not a law and does not mean the cuts will happen. Cole told ABC News, “It’s always an opening offer to negotiate. That’s all a presidential budget is, and it doesn’t have the force of law. It’s the president’s opening bid in a bargaining session back and forth.”

The following is a list of the cuts proposed in Trump’s budget and the amount of money he plans to cut versus the spending for the 2017 fiscal year.

Department of Agriculture
Water and Wastewater loan and grant program ($498 million)
McGovern-Dole International Food for Education program ($202 million)

Department of Commerce
Economic Development Administration ($221 million)
Minority Business Development Agency ($32 million)

Department of Education
Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants program ($2.4 billion)
21st Century Community Learning Centers program ($1.2 billion)
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant program ($732 million)
Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Program ($190 million)
Teacher Quality Partnership ($43 million)
Impact Aid Support Payments for Federal Property ($67 million)
International Education programs ($7 million)

Department of Energy
Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy ($382 million)
Title 17 Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Program
Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program
Weatherization Assistance Program ($121 million)
State Energy Program ($28.2 million)

Department of Health and Human Services
Health professions and nursing training programs ($403 million)
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program ($3.4 billion)
Community Services Block Grants ($715 million)
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Community Development Block Grant program ($3 billion)
Section 4 Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing program ($35 million)

Department of the Interior
Abandoned Mine Land grants ($160 million)
National Heritage Areas ($20 million)
National Wildlife Refuge fund ($480 million)

Department of Justice
State Criminal Alien Assistance Program ($210 million)

Department of Labor
Senior Community Service Employment Program ($434 million)
Occupational Safety and Health Administration training grants ($11 million)

Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development
The Global Climate Change Initiative ($1.3 billion)
Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund ($70 million)
The East-West Center ($16 million)

Department of Transportation
The Essential Air Service program ($175 million)
Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grants ($499 million)

Department of the Treasury
Community Development Financial Institutions grants ($210 million)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Geographic watershed programs ($427 million) the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative ($40 million) and the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Initiative ($14 million)
Over fifty EPA programs ($347 million) including Energy Star, Targeted Airshed Grants, the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Office of Education ($115 million)

Independent agencies and commissions
African Development Foundation ($26 million)
Appalachian Regional Commission ($119 million)
Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board ($11 million)
Corporation for National and Community Service ($771 million)
Corporation for Public Broadcasting ($485 million)
Delta Regional Authority ($45 million)
Denali Commission ($14 million)
Institute of Museum and Library Services ($231 million)
Inter-American Foundation ($23 million)
U.S. Trade and Development Agency ($66 million)
Legal Services Corp. ($366 million)
National Endowment for the Arts ($152 million)
National Endowment for the Humanities ($155 million)
Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp. ($175 million)
Northern Border Regional Commission ($7 million)
Overseas Private Investment Corp.($63 million)
U.S. Institute of Peace ($40 million)
U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness ($4 million)
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars ($11 million)

Source: ABC News Radio Online

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