President Donald Trump proposed a federal budget on Thursday that would ramp up spending for the military, while decreasing funds for scientific research, the arts community and programs that significantly impact the poor, NBC News reports.
The $1.1 trillion budget, titled “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” allocates $54 billion dollars to the Pentagon and the building of Trump’s wall on the Mexican border.
According to NBC, the Environmental Protection Agency would lose about 31 percent in funding, amounting to $2.6 billion; while the Department of Agriculture would lose about 21 percent, or $4.7 billion; and the State Department would be down 28 percent, or $10 billion.
The proposal would also eliminate arts specific programs like the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development would see its budget decrease by $6 billion, or 13 percent, shuttering programs supported by the Community Development Block program, CNBC reports. The initiative stages rehabilitation projects for housing developments and improves facilities for health-care and child-care.
“To come in and blatantly eliminate these programs because you’re trying to meet a budget number without talking to the stakeholders, the constituents of these programs, is a little concerning,” said Stephen Glaude, CEO of the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development in a CNBC interview. “In fact, it’s more than a little concerning. It’s actually alarming.”
Trump’s budget cuts would also eliminate legal aid for the poor and heating assistance for low-income Americans, NBC reports.
The proposed budget would need to go through a series of congressional approvals before it is legitimized, but several congressional Democrats have threatened to stage a government shutdown in response to the proposal, much like their congressional GOP predecessors did in 2013.
SOURCE: NBC News, The Washington Post, CNBC
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