8 Important Programs Trump Wants to Kill With His Budget

After President Donald Trump released his controversial budget proposal, Care2’s Robin Marty gave us the 411 with the 5 Things to Know About Trump’s New Budget Proposal. Now that we’ve had a chance to digest that information, though, let’s take a closer look at the specific areas of government that will see their funding slashed:

  • Environmental Protection Agency – 31.4 percent decrease
  • Department of Education – 13.5 percent decrease
  • Department of Labor – 20.7 percent decrease
  • Department of Transporation – 12.7 percent decrease
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – 13.2 percent decrease
  • Department of Agriculture – 20.7 percent decrease
  • Department of Health & Human Services – 16.2 percent decrease
  • Department of Commerce – 15.7 percent decrease

Sadly, this list is not complete; the cuts go deeper than that.

Perhaps more troubling than Trump’s suggested spending decreases are the programs he’d like to see the government stop funding entirely. Reducing government spending might sound good initially, but when you see the kinds of things the United States has to sacrifice to accomplish that, your opinion could very well change.

1. Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels, a popular food service program for homebound seniors who have difficulty shopping and cooking for themselves, is set to lose all of its funding from the federal government. Currently, nearly two and a half million older Americans rely on this service as a source of nutrition.

When a reporter asked budget director Mick Mulvaney whether cutting Meals on Wheels was “hard-hearted,” Mulvaney responded, “I think it’s probably one of the most compassionate things we can do.” It’s hard to imagine how stopping the giving of food to elderly people in need can be construed as extremely compassionate, but they’re trying!

2. Minority Business Development Agency

Trump wants to cut a popular and successful program – the number of minority business ownership has risen dramatically under this program – arguing that it is redundant with other programs that the Commerce Department has.

Of course, those other programs wouldn’t necessarily make sure that business ownership isn’t an opportunity that is primarily attainable to only white Americans. Not a surprising move from an administration that has an abysmal record on minority outreach.

3. The National Endowment for the Arts &

4. The National Endowment for Humanities

With a combined budget of $307 million, these programs would be lost entirely under the Trump budget. Evidently, providing funding to art and culture is an extraneous expense in the eyes of the current administration.

It’s interesting how anti-immigration politicians on the right constantly call their position necessary to preserve American culture, yet can’t be bothered to help fund the activities that make up our culture. What kind of culture do we have without arts and literature?

5. Institute of Museum and Library Services

In a similar vein, the administration is looking to save $213 million by cutting the federal organization that keeps our museums and libraries afloat. That doesn’t fund bureaucracy – most of that budget gets handed off in the form of grants to keep those cultural and community centers thriving all throughout the country.

6. NASA’s Office of Education

The folks are NASA are probably feeling pretty thankful that their total budget did not change much compared to cuts to other areas. However, these employees, as well as all Americans, should be alarmed to see that the Office of Education is marked for death.

NASA uses the Office of Education to encourage, recruit and train the next generation of scientists and astronauts. Without programs like this, it puts the future of the space program in jeopardy.

6. Clean Power Plan

Obama’s popular environmental policy that focused on reducing carbon emissions will be defunded entirely, effectively killing it. Since taking office, Trump has firmly aligned himself with pollution-heavy energy sources, and this budget decision makes it clear that forms of renewable energy are not part of his economic vision.

7. Various Educational Programs

Pretty much the only educational program getting increased funding is voucher programs, which allow kids to attend private schools on taxpayer dollars. Among the services getting cut from the budget entirely are: before and after school tutoring programs, an educator training programs in at-risk schools, need-based scholarships to college students, programs that help disabled and non-native English speakers to sharpen their skills.

8. Public Broadcasting

NPR and PBS are under threat with Trump proposing that all federal funding devoted to public airways be slashed. Although conservatives have been eying this cut for a while (remember when Romney wanted to defund Big Bird?) it comes as a surprise considering that Vice President Mike Pence has been a major advocate for public broadcasting.

The good news is that by cutting in all of these venues, Trump has supposedly freed up billions to pay for his pet project: a wall along the Mexican border. You know – that same wall he promised he’d get Mexico to pay for is, which is now apparently being footed by the American taxpayer instead. It’s great to see where Trump’s budgetary priorities lie.

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Marie W
Marie W1 years ago

thanks for sharing.

Christine J
Christine J1 years ago

Petition signed. So the Budget Director thinks cutting Meals on Wheels is compassionate! This is the most disgraceful example of political doublespeak I've ever heard. Has he been reading George Orwell? Sometimes this delivery is the only human contact isolated, lonely, disabled, or elderly people have. It can stop them sinking into depression or even killing themselves. As for cutting funds to libraries, a country which doesn't care about libraries doesn't care about its mind or its soul.

Melania Padilla
Melania P2 years ago

I just cannot see the reasons how you support a cut to the EPA; don't you want like, clean air and water for your kids? It is common sense, you don't have to "believe" in climate change (as if it was a religion hahah it is a scientific fact)

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill2 years ago

I am sure that these departments have enough waste & duplication that these cuts will make them be more efficient.

William C
William C2 years ago


W. C
W. C2 years ago

Thank you.

Sheila Miller
Sheila Miller2 years ago

Trump is certainly not my choice for President. He is making the United States crumble. Greed and unkindness are not the way people thrive. Businesses should show respect to people and the environment.

Trish K
Trish K2 years ago

Businesses are coming out against these draconian measures . There is a lot of shouting going on at town halls. If they don't change their mean and evil ways this country will turn blue and that could be a good thing . Like other countries we will name our national resources such as water, "People" and then the people will be in charge of what they can do to our environment . . .He is not the boss of me.

Sheila S
Sheila S2 years ago

"It’s hard to imagine how stopping the giving of food to elderly people in need can be construed as extremely compassionate, but they’re trying!"

Mike H
Care two i2 years ago

Renata you don't see any resistance because you don't know where to look. Clean up your own has been country before you complain about people complaining