Trump's first budget plan is a great start

20 March, 2017, 09:00 | Author: Leticia Walters
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"It is a potential funding source for any of the large scale projects", she said.

The budget starts with the ludicrous, politicised lie that former US-president Barack Obama has slashed military spending, reducing USA forces to risky levels.

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities stated: "It's a budget that will increase hardship and poverty, exacerbate the gulf between the wealthy and other Americans, slash funding for areas that represent investments in our workforce - with likely long-term adverse effects on the economy".

It is perhaps no surprise that Trump wants to end EPA programs and regulations aimed at halting global warming, since he has ventured the opinion that climate change is a Chinese hoax; NASA programs to study warming would be cut as well. "We consider that a basic tie to his campaign".

"I just think we finally got to the point in the administration where we couldn't do that", Mulvaney said. "And I can assure you that we did not write this budget with an eye toward what it would do to the value of your condo". "We're going to spend money - we're going to spend a lot of money - but we're not going to spend it on programs that can not show that they actually deliver the promises that we've made to people".

Numerous proposed cuts won't fly, even in a Republican-led Congress.

On Thursday afternoon, during Press Secretary Sean Spicer's regular briefing, White House Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney has earned himself a particularly head-tilting moment.

Trump's initial budget outline prompted criticism from both Democrats and some Republicans for its proposals for steep cuts in domestic programs such as education and environmental enforcement programs as well as foreign aid.

Besides the VA, Trump's budget would increase funds for the departments of Defense and Homeland Security. Another casualty of this proposed budget is the Meals on Wheels food delivery program.

"America First" also eliminates the Energy Star Program, which aims to improve energy efficiency and save consumers money; a grant program that helps cities and states fight air pollution; an office that focuses on environmental justice issues; and infrastructure aid to Alaska Native villages and the Mexico border. Those investments would help boost the size of the U.S. military and its war machines, put a $2.6 billion down payment on construction of a Southern border wall, and fund a $4.4 billion investment to modernize healthcare for veterans. "In fact, we - we are going to do so".

Health professions and nursing training programs: $403 million will be eliminated from these programs, as it lacks "evidence that they significantly improve the nation's health workforce".

When it comes to spending Americans' tax dollars, Congress gets the last say.

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