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Big Cuts in New Budget Proposal

Last week, President Trump unveiled his “skinny budget” proposal for FY2018. While the $1.065 trillion spending level set by the Budget Control Act is set to be retained, proposed spending for defense would increase from $549 billion to $603 billion, while non-defense would drop from $516 billion to $462 billion.

The largest cuts, compared to the FY2016 budget, would be to:

  • The Environmental Protection Agency at 30 percent
    • EPA’s budget would be reduced from $8.1 billion to $5.7 billion, with about 3,200 cut from the agency’s 15,000-member workforce

  • The Departments of Agriculture at 29 percent
    • USDA’s FY2016 budget came in at $25.2 billion, but this proposal would cut their budget to $17.9 billion
    • It would eliminate an international school food-aid program

  • The State Department at 29 percent
    • Requested funding for international programs under was requested at $27.1 billion including the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development
    • The 29 percent cut is considerably less than the 37 percent cut to programs that the administration was considering in February

  • The Department of Health and Human Services at 23 percent
    • $65.1 billion was the proposed funding amount for HHS for FY2018, down from $84.6 billion in 2016
    • The National Institutes of Health would be reduced by $5.8 billion and $4.2 billion cut by eliminating Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and the Community Services Block Grant
    • User fees that the Food and Drug Administration collects from pharmaceutical companies and medical-device makers to review their products would increase
    • Additionally, the budget proposes a $500 million increase in funding for opioid abuse prevention and an additional $70 million for the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control

 

A number of other agencies are on the chopping block in this proposal. See the full list on POLITICO.

Posted in General News

Tags: budget, federal budget cuts

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