Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Trump's dystopian budget is going nowhere

Trump's dystopian budget is going nowhere

It's one of the largest departments in the government and slashing the budget is the lowest funding for the agency in about 20 years. According to him, proposals to slash domestic spending, defund Planned Parenthood and allot monies to a border wall are non-starters in budget negotiations.

In his budget proposal released Thursday, Trump said, "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".

"North Carolina's environmental protection programs and enforcement depend heavily on federal funding".

The budget also calls for the creation of a new "Federal Emergency Response Fund" that would be created to "rapidly respond to public health outbreaks", such as Zika.

An 18 percent cut in the budget of Health and Human Services would mostly be borne by the National Institutes of Health, as well as programs to train medical professionals.

Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute in La Jolla, said, "I think that a lot of people's jobs would be at risk".

"Not just the compassion in terms of where the money goes but the compassion of where the money comes from".

Mulvaney said Trump's proposed budget increases spending on his priorities without adding to the deficit.

Perhaps more troubling than Trump's suggested spending decreases are the programs he'd like to see the government stop funding entirely.

Cuomo also criticized the proposed elimination of community development block grants through the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

In any event, Trump's plan - a 53-page "skinny budget" the White House calls a mere "blueprint" - won't make it through Congress as is. He has never observed that the federal civilian workforce is at its lowest level in 40 years or that it has suffered plenty of hiring and salary freezes as well as furloughs and budget cuts in recent years already. Eliminating the program will "reduce complexity", the budget proposal says, and produce $732 million in savings. 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. We will also be cutting Meals on Wheels, as well as after-school programs to feed children, because they are not improving performance as we would like. The blueprint says the administration will reduce funding for the United Nations, U.N. agencies, U.N. peacekeeping operations and "other worldwide organizations". There's a proposed 12 percent cut to the Department of the Interior, which oversees the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in East Tennessee, and 16.3 percent cut to the Army Corps of Engineers, which oversees many locks and dams along Tennessee's main rivers. It's up to the reliably dysfunctional Congress to come up with a spending plan before the current one expires in late April, and in the end, it's probably not going to be much different from what's allocated now.

The letter's signatories also include National Association of Evangelicals President Leith Anderson, Christian singers Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith and leaders of denominations, seminaries and relief organizations.

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