Friday, March 17, 2017

Trump's Horrifying $1.1 Trillion Budget: Military Build Up, America Breakdown (CHART OF CUTS & LIST OF OVER 60 AGENCIES ELIMINATED)

Today Donald Trump released his "America First" budget, and it's worse than anyone could have dreamed. It pumps $54 billion more into the Pentagon and protecting the nation's borders, while sharply slashing domestic and discretionary spending.

The $1.1 trillion budget proposal sent to Congress represents a significant rollback of the federal workforce and imposes deep and dramatic cuts in order to offset the massive increase in military spending.

The military makes a killing with aforementioned $54 billion added.

Another big winner is Trump's trademark boarder wall with Mexico which is set to receive $1.5 billion initially and another $2.6 billion allocated for the project in the following fiscal year.

Meanwhile the agencies that take the brunt of the cuts are the Environmental Protection Agency who's spending is cut by nearly a third as it is paired down by $2.6 billion from its current level of $8.2 billion. Other agencies hardest hit are the Agriculture Department and the State Department which are essentially decimated.

Trump's budget also takes a cleaver to domestic programs, with many agencies taking percentage spending cuts in the double digits. Among the cuts are drastic reductions in the 60-year-old State Department Food for Peace Program, Department of Transportation’s Essential Air Service program, transportation programs like Amtrak and to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, including the complete elimination of the $3 billion Community Development Block Grant program, which funds popular programs like Meals on Wheels, housing assistance and other community assistance efforts.

Here is a graphic of the overview of changes in Trump's "America First" budget looks...

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Trump's budget also promised hundreds of programs and agencies would be completely eliminated including more than 50 in the Environmental Protection Agency.

Trump identified 62 programs specifically though.

This is the list of those programs, their cost and what they do...

Water and Wastewater loan and grant program ($498 million): "Rural communities can be served by private sector financing or other federal investments in rural water infrastructure, such as the Environmental Protection Agency's State Revolving Funds," the budget says. 
McGovern-Dole International Food for Education program ($202 million): Trump's budget says the program — a sort of Third World school lunch project — "lacks evidence that it is being effectively implemented to reduce food insecurity." 
Economic Development Administration ($221 million): Obama's 2017 budget touted the agency as " the only federal government agency with a mission and programs focused exclusively on economic development." The Trump budget says it has "limited measurable impacts and duplicates other federal programs." 
Minority Business Development Agency ($32 million): The White House says this minority business incubator program is "duplicative" of other programs in the Small Business Administration. 
Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants program ($2.4 billion): The White House says the program is "poorly targeted and spread thinly across thousands of districts with scant evidence of impact." 
21st Century Community Learning Centers program ($1.2 billion): The formula grants to states support before- and after-school and summer programs. "The programs lacks strong evidence of meeting its objectives, such as improving student achievement," the budget says. 
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant program ($732 million): This financial aid program, known as SEOG, help give up to $4,000 a year to college students based on financial need. The Trump administration says it's a "less well-targeted" program than Pell Grants. 
Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Program ($190 million): The grants are targeted toward students with disabilities or limited English proficiency. 
Teacher Quality Partnership ($43 million): A teacher training and recruitment grant program. 
Impact Aid Support Payments for Federal Property ($67 million): Obama also proposed the elimination of this program, which reimburses schools for lost tax revenue from tax-exempt federal properties in their districts. 
International Education programs ($7 million): This line item funds a variety of exchange programs, migrant schools and special education services abroad. 
Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy ($382 million): This alternative energy research program was established by Congress in 2007 with the goal of funding projects that the private sector would not. 
Title 17 Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Program: This loan fund finances projects that combat global warming. 
Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program: Helps finance fuel-efficient vehicle research. "The private sector is better positioned to finance disruptive energy research and development and to commercialize innovative technologies," the White House says. 
Weatherization Assistance Program ($121 million): The program helps homeowners make their homes more energy efficient with grants of up to $6,500. 
State Energy Program ($28.2 million): Gives grants to states to help them work on energy efficiency and anti-climate change programs. 
Health professions and nursing training programs ($403 million): Trump's budget says these programs "lack evidence that they significantly improve the nation's health workforce." Instead, Trump wants to provide scholarships and student loans in in exchange for service in areas with a nursing shortage. 
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program ($3.4 billion): LIHEAP helps the elderly and low-income people pay their heating and power bills. 
Community Services Block Grants ($715 million): CSBG is an anti-poverty grant program that the White House says duplicates emergency food assistance and employment programs. 
Community Development Block Grant program ($3 billion): CDBG has been a bread-and-butter funding source for local communities for 42 years, totaling more than $150 billion in grants over its history. "The program is not well-targeted to the poorest populations and has not demonstrated results," Trump's budget says. 
Section 4 Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing program ($35 million): The affordable housing program supports organizations like the Local Initiatives Support Corp., which the White House says should be privately funded. 
Abandoned Mine Land grants ($160 million): The Trump administration wants to eliminate a discretionary grant program that it says overlaps with a $2.7 billion permanent fund. 
National Heritage Areas ($20 million): These are state-and-federal partnerships to preserve natural, historic, scenic, and cultural resources. 
National Wildlife Refuge fund ($13.2 million): This is a revenue-sharing fund that makes payments to counties where wildlife refuges are located from fees the Fish and Wildlife Service receives. 
State Criminal Alien Assistance Program ($210 million): Four states receive the bulk of the funding from this program, which reimburses states for the cost of incarcerating criminal immigrants. 
Senior Community Service Employment Program ($434 million): A job training program for low-income people 55 and older that the White House says is "ineffective." 
Occupational Safety and Health Administration training grants ($11 million)
The Global Climate Change Initiative ($1.3 billion) was an Obama administration proposal to support the Paris climate agreement. 
Green Climate Fund ($250 million) 
Strategic Climate Fund ($60 million) 
Clean Technology Fund ($171 million). 
Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund ($70 million): The account allows the president to "provide humanitarian assistance for unexpected and urgent refugee and migration needs worldwide," but Trump said the mission is best left to international and non-governmental relief organizations 
The East-West Center ($16 million): Chartered by Congress as the Center for Cultural and Technical Interchange Between East and West, the Honolulu-based nonprofit has a mission of strengthening relations among Pacific Rim countries. 
The Essential Air Service program ($175 million) provides federal subsidies for commercial air service at rural airports. EAS flights are not full and have high subsidy costs per passenger. Trump's budget says several of those airports are close to major airports, and that rural communities could be served by other modes of transportation. 
Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grants ($499 million) A multi-modal and multi-jurisdictional projects the White House wants to cut existing infrastructure spending in favor of his own $1 billion infrastructure proposal. 
Community Development Financial Institutions grants ($210 million): Trump's budget says the 23-year-old program to support community banks and credit unions is obsolete. 
Geographic watershed programs ($427 million) like the…  
Great Lakes Restoration Initiative ($40 million) 
Chesapeake Bay Restoration Initiative ($14 million): The Trump budget would turn over responsibility for those efforts to state and regional governments. 
Fifty other EPA programs ($347 million) including Energy Star, Targeted Airshed Grants, the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program, and infrastructure assistance to Alaska Native Villages and the Mexico border. 
Office of Education ($115 million), which the Trump budget says duplicates efforts by the agency's Science Mission Directorate. 
African Development Foundation ($26 million): An independent foreign aid agency focusing on economic development in Africa. 
Appalachian Regional Commission ($119 million): A 52-year-old agency focused on economic growth in 420 counties. 
Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board ($11 million): The agency was created by the Clean Air Act of 1990 and investigates chemical accidents. 
Corporation for National and Community Service ($771 million): The agency is best known for its Americorps community service program. 
Corporation for Public Broadcasting ($485 million): Supports public television and radio stations, including the PBS television network and, indirectly, National Public Radio. 
Delta Regional Authority ($45 million): An economic development agency for the eight-state Mississippi Delta region. 
Denali Commission ($14 million): A state and federal economic development agency for Alaska. 
Institute of Museum and Library Services ($231 million): Provides money to the nation's 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. 
Inter-American Foundation ($23 million): Promotes "citizen-led grassroots development" in Latin America and the Caribbean. 
U.S. Trade and Development Agency ($66 million): Promotes U.S. exports in energy, transportation, and telecommunications. 
Legal Services Corp. ($366 million): A 43-year-old congressionally chartered organization that helps provide free civil legal advice to poor people. 
National Endowment for the Arts ($152 million): Encourages participation in the arts. 
National Endowment for the Humanities ($155 million): Supports scholarship into literature and culture. 
Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp. ($175 million): Better known as Neighborworks America, the organization supports local affordable housing programs. 
Northern Border Regional Commission ($7 million): A regional economic development agency serving parts of Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont. 
Overseas Private Investment Corp.($63 million): Encourages U.S. private investment in the developing world. 
U.S. Institute of Peace ($40 million): Government-run think tank focusing on conflict prevention. 
U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness ($4 million): An independent agency coordinating the federal government's efforts to reduce homelessness. 
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars ($11 million): A program to provide scholarships and fellowships in social sciences and humanities.

Democratic and Republican leadership in the Congress have already declared major elements of this nightmare plan dead on arrival.

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