Trump's First Budget Plan Would Take An Ax To The EPA's Funds

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But proponents of such a model argue it forces schools to step up and make improvements in the quality of education provided to make their schools more attractive options for all students - a scenario in which, seemingly, everybody wins. "It is of grave concern to the research community that President Trump's budget proposal - which would fund the agency at a 15-year low - values investments in defense above all other federal expenditures". President Trump has promised not to alter mandatory spending. It increased military spending by $54 billion, funding for charter schools by $168 million and funding for a private school choice program by $250 million, indicating these will be priorities for the administration in lieu of other programs. Defense spending alone is approximately half of all discretionary spending. The budget proposal would eliminate climate-change initiatives and slash foreign aid funding, United Nations contributions and cultural exchanges. "We have simply not added to the deficit in order to accomplish these policies".

President Donald Trump's first spending plan, set to be submitted Thursday to Congress, would bolster defense resources in what his budget director called a message of "hard power" to allies and adversaries overseas.

But local public transit advocates say they worry that the administration will make it harder to fund crucial projects in the future.

"There's a lot of programs that simply can not justify their existence, and that's where we zeroed in", Mulvaney said, referring to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Politico reports.

It would also end funding for worldwide climate change programs, climate change research and partnership programs.

The Department of Homeland Security would get a 6.8 per cent increase, with more money for extra staff needed to catch, detain and deport illegal immigrants.

There was no direct mention of FDA cuts, but WaPo says the budgets suggests a "doubling of the reliance on fees charged to companies applying for permission to sell new medical products to help cover the cost of reviewing them". These cuts target numerous Obama administration's efforts to fight climate change, as the blueprint "discontinues funding for the Clean Power Plan, global climate change programs, climate change research and partnership programs, and related efforts". "We dealt with it more holistically".

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said, "The president's budget isn't going to be the budget".

Some smaller groups, including the National Endowment for the Arts and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, saw their funding cut completely.

"Trump's budget, as expected, is a gut punch to protections to our food, water, environment and communities-including the rural communities that helped put him in the White House". "Why? Because we believe those programs to be less efficient than the infrastructure package that we're working on for later on this year".

Trump's budget comes with a message to Congress, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said early Thursday morning on MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

"You will see a fairly dramatic reduction in State Department (budget)".

"If you don't fund the State Department fully, then I need to buy more ammunition ultimately", he said. "This is the "America First" budget. That will not stand.", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, said on the Senate floor Tuesday.

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