5 Things to Know About Trump’s New Budget Proposal
President Donald Trump has just unveiled the first budget of his administration, and as many on the left feared, it prioritizes national security against “foreign threats” and does it at the expense of America’s social programs.
With billions heading to boost military spending and start an unnecessary wall on the U.S./Mexican border, and significant drops in departments covering Human Services, the environment, education and the arts and sciences, Trump’s plan to “Make America great again” is more likely to put millions out of work and cut services to the most needy instead.
Here are five things you should know about “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again”:
1) Yes, he still plans to build a wall – and taxpayers are paying for it.
Mexico appears to no longer be on the hook for the Great Wall of Trump, or whatever the president intends to dub his wall along the U.S.’s southern border.
“[T]he border wall would receive 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,” reports the Associated Press. “Trump repeatedly claimed during the campaign that Mexico would pay for the wall when, in fact, U.S. taxpayers will foot the bill.”
2) The only budget increases are in “security.”
Every government agency is expected to see a decrease in their budgets ranging from 1 percent to 31 percent – or be eliminated all together. There are just three exceptions: Veterans affairs, which will receive an additional $4.4 billion, Homeland Security, which will receive another $2.8 billion, and Defense, which will be increased by over $52 billion.
3) Meanwhile, the poor will feel the biggest hits.
The program cuts from the Housing and Urban Development Department, Environmental Protection Agency and other departments are going to have the biggest impact on those who are lower income.
“Trump has unveiled a budget that would slash or abolish programs that have provided low-income Americans with help on virtually all fronts, including affordable housing, banking, weatherizing homes, job training, paying home heating oil bills, and obtaining legal counsel in civil matters,” reports the Washington Post. “During the presidential campaign last year, Trump vowed that the solution to poverty was giving poor people incentives to work. But most of the proposed cuts in his budget target programs designed to help the working poor, as well as those who are jobless, cope.”
The WIC program, which provides supplemental nutrition to women, young children and infants, will also receive another significant cut of $150 million.
4) And “Trump’s America” won’t be spared, either.
While Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton actually received millions more votes in the race than President Trump, Trump won the White House by winning a strategic combination of rural states to get an electoral college victory. Those rural states believed they had a champion who would pull them out of decline and boost farming, help them with jobs, and give them the hand they need to grow again. Now they will be feeling the effects of Trump’s budget cuts, too.
Cuts at the Department of Agriculture are expected to eliminate a grant program that helps provide clean water in small communities. And the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the Delta Regional Authority, the Northern Border Regional Commission and the Denali Commission – all of which provide development assistance to states in the Northeast, Mountain East, Rustbelt, Southern Gulf area and Alaska, have been completely defunded. Nearly all of these areas were more conservative-leaning and trended Trump in the last election.
5) Like pretty much everything Trump proposes, both sides hate it.
The good news is, President Trump’s budget isn’t going to pass as is. Democrats are rightfully disgusted by the destruction of the social safety net – especially its cuts to after school programs, housing and heating assistance, clean water assistance, medical research and a complete defunding of the arts, sciences and federal libraries and museums.
But Republicans weren’t very enthusiastic about his budget draft, either.
“Even Republicans in the House were notably lukewarm in their reaction Thursday to Trumpís fiscal 2018 budget request,” reports Bloomberg News. “House Speaker Paul Ryan called it part of a ‘long, ongoing’ budget process, while Senate Budget Chairman Mike Enzi said ‘I look forward’ to working with the Trump administration ‘to help Washington become more accountable.’Ē President Trump would need both a House majority and a 60 vote majority in the Senate to see his budget pass without any changes.
The full proposed budget can be found here.
- Don’t Cut Funding For Meals on Wheels!
- Tell Trump: Cuts to Public Transportation Will Hurt All Americans!
- Americans Do NOT Want a $54 Billion Increase In Military Spending!
- Demand Congress Reject Devastating Budget Cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency
- Tell Trump: NO Wall!
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