OMB Dir. Mulvaney Defends Budget Blueprint That Won't Balance

Posted March 20, 2017

Trump had proposed a Dollars 1.1 trillion budget yesterday, requesting a massive Dollars 54 billion increase in defence spending and a substantial cut in the State Department allocations particularly foreign aid.

"Overall, funding has to match the increased demand VA has been seeing over the last couple of years", Ilem said.

While recognizing this Blueprint is not the full Federal budget, it does provide lawmakers and the public with a view of the priorities of the President and his Administration. The EPA would see 31 percent of their funding cut, the popular Energy Star program would be cut from the Department of Energy, the State Department would no longer support climate change programs, and NASA would no longer work on climate science. "We consider that a basic tie to his campaign".

"We've already seen that Secretary Tillerson has had a tremendous diplomatic success already on the deal he cut with Iraq", Mulvaney said.

Accordingly, I submit to the Congress this Budget Blueprint to reprioritize Federal spending so that it advances the safety and security of the American people. While critics are alarmed, the blueprint has a saving grace, according to Mulvaney: "The president ran saying he would spend less money overseas and more money back home".

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) tweeted: "Democrats in Congress will emphatically oppose these cuts & urge our Republican colleagues to reject them as well".

Trump's budget also completely cuts funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, along with the Public Broadcasting System and National Public Radio - something many Republicans have been pushing for years.

Mulvaney - who as a congressman was a strict deficit hawk and even pledged to shut down the federal government under former President Barack Obama before voting to raise the US debt ceiling - admitted that the budget he was advocating for now would not balance the budget.

On Thursday, the White House released the proposed budget.

Today, the White House accidently (we assume) shared a satirical article from the Washington Post, slagging off Trump's budget: proof they didn't read beyond the (sarcastic) headline.

FESSLER: Dan Pruett runs Meals on Wheels Central Texas, which gets a third of its funding from the government. "In fact, we - we are going to do so".

The American people elected me to fight for their priorities in Washington, D.C. and deliver on my promise to protect our Nation.

Commerce, Education, Housing, Transportation, and Interior are also looking at double-digit percentage downsizing, thanks to cutbacks in programs like economic grants to struggling cities, food assistance to needy families, affordable housing grants, and new transit projects. "Labor is what women do, I think".