Every day since the election, we've had to wake up to increasingly alarming reports about the lack of preparedness and integrity on the part of the mostly-unqualified individuals Donald Trump has been told to choose for his cabinet picks. And now we're getting a much clearer sense of how sweeping the budget changes will be under Trump—far more extreme than even House Republicans have previously proposed.
The Hill reports on the dramatic changes that Trump's team are apparently set to make to slash government spending by $10.5 trillion over a decade (for some perspective, the budget proposal put forward by House Republicans last year promised to cut spending by $5.5 trillion over 10 years).
even caricatures of girthy businessmen smoking cigars and chortling around a long, oaken boardroom table arent doing this justice https://t.co/P1ozJEDL6o
— ಠ_ಠ (@MikeIsaac) January 19, 2017
Here's a preliminary list of the various agencies and departments that will be reportedly slashed or eliminated:
- National Endowment for the Arts (eliminated entirely)
- National Endowment for the Humanities (eliminated entirely)
- Corporation for Public Broadcasting (privatized)
- The Minority Business Development Agency (eliminated entirely)
- The Economic Development Administration (eliminated entirely)
- The International Trade Administration (eliminated entirely)
- The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (eliminated entirely)
- The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (eliminated entirely)
- Violence Against Women Grants (eliminated entirely)
- The Legal Services Corporation (in particular, reducing funding to Civil Rights and its Environment and Natural Resources divisions)
- The Office of Electricity (eliminated entirely)
- The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (eliminated entirely)
- The Office of Fossil Energy (which focuses on technologies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions—eliminated entirely)
- The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (eliminated entirely)
- The Paris Climate Change Agreement (eliminated entirely)
- The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (eliminated entirely)
— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) January 19, 2017
The administration's full budget likely won't be finalized until April, and there may be plenty more cuts included—it's as yet unclear whether Trump’s first budget will include reforms to Social Security or Medicare. The Hill reports that these budget cuts hew closely with a report last year by the Heritage Foundation, a think tank that has helped staff the Trump transition team and has long lobbied to end all welfare programs. The two major Trump team members working on budget cuts, former Pence aides Russ Vought and John Gray (who also worked for Paul Ryan and Rand Paul), both previously worked at the Heritage Foundation as well.
In one small piece of less shitty news, potential energy secretary Rick Perry had a come-to-rational-Jesus moment at his confirmation hearing, admitting that the Department of Energy is vital and he regrets calling for its elimination. It's just too bad he has absolutely no idea what he's doing.
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 19, 2017