Budgets cannot be enacted into law, but they are important to see how Trump and his team view government spending and therefore priorities.
And of course there are Winners, and Trump being a petulant 8-year old, there are also losers. Axios morning email thingie says:
Some programs would lose everything under Trump’s budget, AP’s Cal Woodward points out:
“Trump proposes to eliminate money for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the national endowments for the arts and the humanities and more than a dozen other independent agencies” (including Appalachian Regional Commission, Chemical Safety Board, United States Institute of Peace, Corporation for National Community Service and African Development Foundation).
- Pentagon: Trump proposes a 10% increase.
- Veterans Affairs: up 5.9%
- Homeland Security: up 6.8%
- National Nuclear Security Administration: up 11%, or $1.4 billion, so that it takes up more than half the Energy Department’s budget, which would shrink overall.
- Opioid prevention and treatment: a proposed $500 million increase for HHS and Justice.
- School choice: $1.4 billion more to expand school choice programs, bringing spending in that area to $20 billion, even as the Education Department’s overall budget would be cut by $9 billion, or 13%.
- EPA: facing a 31.4% cut, or $2.6 billion. The plan would cut 3,200 jobs at the agency.
- Health and Human Services: facing the largest cut in dollar terms: $12.6 billion, or 16.2%. The plan would cut $5.8 billion from the nearly $32 billion National Institutes of Health.
- State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development: down 28%, or $10 billion. Foreign aid would be reduced, as would money to the U.N. and the World Bank.
- Labor Department: more than 20% cut, or $2.5 billion. To be eliminated: a $434 million program that has helped more than 1 million people 55 and older find jobs. Senior Community Service Employment Program is inefficient and unproven.
- Agriculture Department: Nearly 21% cut, or $4.7 billion, achieved in part by cutting land acquisition in the National Forest System, rural water infrastructure and statistical capabilities at the department.
- Transportation Department: Trump proposes a cut of nearly 13%, including Amtrak, local transit agencies, and rural communities that depend on federal subsidies to obtain scheduled airline service.
- IRS: IRS budget is down about $1 billion from its height in 2010. Since then, the agency has lost more than 17,000 employees. Chances of getting audited have rarely been so low.
Some budget related headlines:
- WaPo: Trump federal budget 2018: Massive cuts to the arts, science and the poor
- Politico: Trump wants $4.1 billion for border wall (from what I can tell, Hair Führer plans to fund it through an outside the budget “supplemental” spending bill, you know, until Mexico pays for it. Seems as good a place as any to quote amply be-chinned Mitch: “Uh, no.”)
And then of course we have the latest on The Russian Usurper’s attempt to ban Mooselimbs, which was blocked AGAIN for being a defacto religious test:
- NYTimes: Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Latest Travel Ban Nationwide
- LATimes: Federal Judge in Hawaii Blocks New Travel Ban Nationwide; Trump Vows To Pursue His Case ‘All The Way’
Everyone pause to give a slow clap for Stephen Miller, strategic genius, giving court reason to strike down White House travel ban. pic.twitter.com/1woJLFWjyf
— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) March 15, 2017
…and because there is no limit to The Russian Usurper’s stupidity:
“I think we ought to go back to the first one [executive order] and go all the way” to the Supreme Court, the president told the receptive crowd, adding that “this ruling makes us look weak.”
Right. Defending the Constitution looks weak. Got it.
So what are you seeing this morning?