Trump Seeks Deep Cuts in Education and Science

Posted March 20, 2017

The administration targets aid for state and local governments, for example, terminating Community Development Block Grants and the Economic Development Administration, which both provide subsidies for local business activities.

Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Calif., chairman of the House subcommittee that handles the EPA's budget, did not embrace Trump's proposal to butcher the agency.

Schumer's Republican counterpart Mitch McConnell accused his fellow leader of hypocrisy, now that Democrats are in the minority. According to Pew Research, older voters preferred Trump over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election and it appears that this cut will hit them the most. This, conveniently, is also what the budget does. "As followers of Christ, it is our moral responsibility to urge you to support and protect the International Affairs Budget, and avoid disproportionate cuts to these vital programs".

The United Nations and dozens of its affiliated agencies are facing deep funding cuts and possibly an end to USA contributions, as the Trump administration seeks to slash billions of dollars from diplomacy and development assistance in next year's budget. On science, we're going to function - we're going to focus on the core function. In other words, it appears even White House budget director Mick Mulvaney understands that budgets (even the "skinny" kind) have become irrelevant.

In other words, the Pentagon itself says it is throwing away about two and half times more taxpayer money than Trump proposes in his budget increase-an increase that will be paid for with so many painful cuts.

In addition to the $131 billion uptick in military spending, Trump also proposes an extra $4.1 billion for the Department of Homeland Security for building the Mexican border wall and upping immigration-related detention. 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. We think there's tremendous opportunity for savings. It would also cut subsidies to cultural organizations, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Meanwhile within the Labor Department, which is looking at a 21 percent spending cut, programs that help low-income seniors and disadvantaged youth find work would be slashed, in order to increase spending on initiatives to identify people receiving improper unemployment benefit payments. President Trump talks about creating jobs, but he is cutting the education and skills training programs that enable our workers to secure the good-paying jobs they need to succeed in today's economy.

The plan earmarks the new funds to accelerate the fight against Islamic State militants, reverse Army troop reductions, build more ships for the Navy and ramp up the Air Force - including by purchasing additional F-35 fighter jets, built by Lockheed Martin (LMT.N).

Here's a rundown of agencies and programs in the global health and development sphere that would lose funding if the budget is passed by Congress - and the ones that won't be affected.

On immigration, an important issue to Washington's agriculture community, Trump includes billions to crack down on people living in the United States without documentation.