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In keeping his word to American voters, Thursday President Donald Trump released a proposed $1.15 trillion budget aiming to cut large amounts of funds normally granted to agencies such as the EPA in an effort to increase spending for the U.S. military and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Additionally taking aim at the amount of U.S. funding being spent on foreign aid, the budget seeks to invest those dollars here at home. The budget blueprint aptly dubbed ‘America First‘ seeks to increase federal funding for the Department of Homeland Security and begin construction on the border wall which Trump promised to build during his campaign.
In response to the proposed cuts, the left has gone into a complete frenzy and is now stating that the cuts will only harm the middle class… Which is truly ironic being that the American middle class has been effectively disseminated under years of a leftist regime.
Furthermore, ‘America First‘ outlines a massive budget cuts for the scandal ridden State Department and the liberal propaganda machine known as Public Broadcasting.
Democrat hack Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has since called the proposed budget cuts “devastating to the middle class,” adding that “Once again the Trump administration is showing its true colors: talk like a populist but govern like a special interests zealot.”
However, President Trump made it clear that “It is time to prioritize the security and well-being of Americans, and to ask the rest of the world to step up and pay its fair share.”
“We are going to do more with less, and make the government lean and accountable to the people,” Trump said in a statement, calling for $54 billion in “reductions to non-Defense programs” to offset the additional defense spending.
The $54 billion, 10 percent boost for the military is the largest since President Ronald Reagan’s Pentagon buildup in the 1980s, promising immediate money for troop readiness, the fight against Islamic State militants and procurement of new ships, fighter jets and other weapons.
The proposal also makes a hefty down payment on Trump’s sought-after southern border wall, seeking an immediate $1.4 billion infusion in the ongoing fiscal year, with another $2.6 billion planned for the 2018 budget year starting Oct. 1.
On the other side, the budget goes after frequent targets of the party’s staunchest conservatives, eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts, legal aid and heating assistance for low-income Americans, and the AmeriCorps national service program established by former President Bill Clinton.
“This is a hard power budget, not a soft power budget,” said White House budget director Mick Mulvaney.
Lawmakers will have the final say on Trump’s proposal in the arduous budget process, and many of the cuts will be deemed dead on arrival. Mulvaney acknowledged to reporters that passing the cuts could be an uphill struggle and said the administration would negotiate over replacement cuts.
The Trump proposal covers only a quarter of the roughly $4 trillion federal budget — representing the “discretionary” portion that Congress passes each year. It doesn’t address taxes, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, or make predictions about deficits and the economy. Those big-picture details are due in mid-May, and are sure to show large — probably permanent — budget deficits. Trump has vowed not to cut Social Security and Medicare and is dead set against raising taxes.
So who are the biggest losers under the proposed America First budget cuts?
The EPA, Dept. of Agriculture, Dept. of Labor, Dept. of State and foreign aid programs.
Under the proposed budget, the EPA could face a 31 percent cut when compared to the current level of funding the agency receives.
As Fox News notes a cut that size stands to place 3,000 EPA jobs in jeopardy and could end programs such as Obama’s Clean Power Plan all together. In other words, if Trump gets his way, no more bureaucrats coming to your door complaining that your BBQ is putting off too much smoke.
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