Trump Team Preparing "Dramatic Cuts To Government Spending"

Tyler Durden's picture

According to a report from The Hill this morning, President-elect Trump's transition team is already working with career staff at the White House on plans to slash federal spending.  The Hill reports that significant cuts are expected to the budgets of the Department of Commerce, Energy, Transportation, Justice and State, among others, and would total $10.5 trillion over 10 years.

The departments of Commerce and Energy would see major reductions in funding, with programs under their jurisdiction either being eliminated or transferred to other agencies. The departments of Transportation, Justice and State would see significant cuts and program eliminations.


The Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be privatized, while the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities would be eliminated entirely.


Overall, the blueprint being used by Trump’s team would reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion over 10 years.

While details are scarce now, a 200 page "skinny budget" document is expected to be released within the first 45 days of Trump's administration with a "full budget" to be released toward the end of his first 100 days in office.

Two members of Trump’s transition team are discussing the cuts at the White House budget office: Russ Vought, a former aide to Vice President-elect Mike Pence and the former executive director of the RSC, and John Gray, who previously worked for Pence, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) when Ryan headed the House Budget Committee.


Vought and Gray, who both worked for the Heritage Foundation, are laying the groundwork for the so-called skinny budget — a 175- to 200-page document that will spell out the main priorities of the incoming Trump administration, along with summary tables. That document is expected to come out within 45 days of Trump taking office.


The administration’s full budget, including appropriations language, supplementary materials and long-term analysis, is expected to be released toward the end of Trump’s first 100 days in office, or by mid- to late April.



Ultimately the Trump budget is expected to be modeled after a blueprint published by the Heritage Foundation which envisions cutting or completely eliminating several programs that most people don't even know exist and therefore likely will not miss in the least.

The Heritage blueprint used as a basis for Trump’s proposed cuts calls for eliminating several programs that conservatives label corporate welfare programs: the Minority Business Development Agency, the Economic Development Administration, the International Trade Administration and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership. The total savings from cutting these four programs would amount to nearly $900 million in 2017.


At the Department of Justice, the blueprint calls for eliminating the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Violence Against Women Grants and the Legal Services Corporation and for reducing funding for its Civil Rights and its Environment and Natural Resources divisions.


At the Department of Energy, it would roll back funding for nuclear physics and advanced scientific computing research to 2008 levels, eliminate the Office of Electricity, eliminate the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and scrap the Office of Fossil Energy, which focuses on technologies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.


Under the State Department’s jurisdiction, funding for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are candidates for elimination.

But while many Trump supporters will applaud the efforts to scale back the federal governement, passing such an aggressive piece of legislation through Congress will be a challenge given that the Republican-controlled House just voted against a similarly aggressive budget in 2015 by a margin of 132 - 294.  That said, the effort should make for some fun tweets over the coming weeks.

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hedgeless_horseman's picture


Since when?

And wasn't that supposed to be the job of congress?

bwh1214's picture

Great if he does it, but it will only delay the inevitable outlined in this video series. It's the basic Econ 101 we all should have gotten in high school.

Escrava Isaura's picture

Department of Commerce, Energy, Transportation, Justice and State, among others, totaling $10.5 trillion over 10 years.

Trimming $1 trillion dollars a year from these departments?

These departments combined don’t add to that.

It's non-sense.


Bay of Pigs's picture

Well, the US govt is adding well over a trillion a year in new national debt as it is. How is this nonsense when budgets are expanding all the time?

jcaz's picture

Don't ask Escrava questions- he's overwhelmed enough by all these big words......

BullyBearish's picture

At the same time today Mnuchinsky said "the debt ceiling will NOT be a problem"...yeah, OK

Handful of Dust's picture

Does this mean fewer purple Escalades in front of Walmart?

booboo's picture

it has to be better than Obama's disfunctional crew of ass tards


fbazzrea's picture

he doesn't make policy. he just executes it.

balolalo's picture

TRUMPISM = FUCK SESAME STREET, we need to save some cash. 


RopeADope's picture

Budgets are not expanding. The currency is being devalued by the cartel of transnational capital.

Trump wants to turn America into Greece.

Billy the Poet's picture

I don't see how turning America into Greece would be in the best interests of President of the United States Trump. What would be his motive?

Billy the Poet's picture

The government isn't good at math either. Last year the Pentagon lost track of 6.5 trillion dollars despite the fact that the defense budget is only 583 billion annually. So it would seem that there's plenty of money to rein in that isn't even on the officlal budget. However that works.


Pentagon’s Sloppy Bookkeeping Means $6.5 Trillion Can’t Pass an Audit

BlindMonkey's picture

Meanwhile, in Russia:

"State Defence Order funding control system, which had been created by the order of the President of the Russian Federation, promoted reaching these results.

Adoption of the system has changed the level of information awareness of the Defence Ministry as a contracting authority.

Today, when we receive data from the authorized banks, we see how every ruble is spent.

Implementing the system allowed us to carry out more effective advance payment policy by turning to quarterly advance payment for implementation of the State Defence Order in accordance to the engineering and manufacturing cycle.

Therefore, we managed to reduce risks of overpaying the manufacturers and decrease outdated accounts receivable by 3 times: from 363 billion rubles to 120 billion rubles.

Due to the Law about the State Defence Order, debiting 63 billion rubles from the account for aims not referring to implementation of the State Defence Order has been prevented."

jeff montanye's picture

i 100% agree with you.  what really needs to be done is the entire budgets of the first three need to be put into that of the fourth and the justice department, thus sustained, needs to 


Chris88's picture

This is the first time and probably only yimr I will ever agree with you.  It's true, these "cuts" are really nothing but drops in the bucket, if he wants to increase the cuts by 10x and do it over 2 years I'd be impressed.

new game's picture

THE FUKING ELEPHANT in the white house and nearby is five sided with f-35 waste ozing out the back door.

600+ billion/year.

until we see this slashed by 1/3, lol...

but, addressing cuts above; lol, as the snowflakes go nucking futs..

Citizen_x's picture mention of the five sided, magic, black hole.  Aren't they special !

But, I guess if leaked emails got you elected....they had to come from somewhere.

And notice....ZH carries half of dozen Langley boogie man stories a day.  

Who's in the deepstate superbowl this year ?

AlaricBalth's picture

The combined budgets for these 5 departments equates to approximately $206.8 billion for fiscal year 2015. Looks like Trump want to cut their appropriations by about 50%.

The MIC and Defense Department could use a bit of pork cutting as well.

PoliticalRefugeefromCalif.'s picture

He ought to not pussyfoot around and end the war on drugs- not only would we see an immediate savings but he would also defund the CIA in the process.

Why not try the intelligent approach for once?- just one time is all I ask.

DingleBarryObummer's picture

The war on drugs is an abysmal failure, and has only bred corruption and crime.  Anyone with any small degree of enlightenment knows this.

Elco the Constitutionalist's picture
Elco the Constitutionalist (not verified) AlaricBalth Jan 19, 2017 8:00 PM

A bit? The Sun is a bit warm eh?

DoD R&D should be slashed by 90%
Procurement should be slashed by 75%
Administration and support should be slashed by 50%

Decimate there budgets and the military will just get more efficient to compensate without losing effectiveness (particular for the only legitimate goal of protecting the homeland).

American Gorbachev's picture

DoD R&D yes (30 year old tech is fine, more reliable also)

DoD Procurement... umm, they have hostages (thousands of high-paying jobs left outside the FIRE economy)

DoD Admin... hell yes (especially $$$ spent beyond the u.s. borders

how bout 'training' ???  (if i remember correctly, the u.s. armed forces are the largest consumer of fossil fuels)


not dead yet's picture

Although defense spending is at a record high and growing the Repubs want even more. I think The Donald is on board too as he agreed that the navy is far too small. One department not mentioned and should be shut down totally is the Uneducation Department. All of their programs in recent years have been disasters that have enriched consultants and testing outfits by the billion of dollars and dumbed down the kids. Give education back to the locals where it belongs. Better results for less money.

bonin006's picture

Isn't it the State Dept (under Hitlery) that was significantly responsible for getting us into most if not all of the new Obama wars? Eliminating that could easily save $10T

Wulfkind's picture

Department of Commerce, Energy, Transportation, Justice and State, among others, totaling $10.5 trillion over 10 years. Trimming $1 trillion dollars a year from these departments? These departments combined don’t add to that. It's non-sense.

Well...Escrava....I know ONE department Tramp is NOT going to cut.  The EPA.  And he EVEN PUT RICK "Ooops" Perry in charge of it.  You know....the same Rick Perry who said a couple of years ago that we ought to ABOLISH the EPA !!   But now that he is in the SWAMP.....he kinda likes it now.


whatamaroon's picture

What a dumbfuck. Rick Perry is up for the DOE not EPA.

Freddie's picture

Cut them all 90% and totally end corrupt state dept.   Cut defense andthe pentagram plus intel agencies 80%.  MIC and the pentagram have been stealing trillions.

goddammoron's picture

The redneck retard Trump supporter bonfire party is over tomorrow.  Reality be different than internet chat room fun fun.  Obama's inner city retard swap meet supporters were ranting the same way 8 years ago to the day.

Trumptard = Libtard.

MalteseFalcon's picture

You're using the wrong units.

Don't use dollars.

Use dead snowflakes.

Once you see the snowflake body count it all makes sense.

Croesus's picture

@ bamawatson:

Good find, thanks for posting!

Mango327's picture


phatfawzi's picture

starve the beast and then slay it. 

drendebe10's picture

Where are the cuts to the IRS cunts?


Isn't this a catch 22? Cutting spending is essentially cutting jobs which results in decreased tax receipts. Seems like you circle the drain either way. 

bobbbny's picture

No, you begin draining the swamp.

Anyway, who would define these bureaucrats as having "jobs"?


I'm just saying in a fake system with perpetual debt, if you decrease spending you kill the system. I never said the government jobs are real jobs, but some of the contract worker jobs are. 

New_Meat's picture

If you decrease spending, you may kill the system, might be part of the plan.  On the other hand you are buying the Y = C + I + G bullshit, so none of the G jobs is helpful in a positive sense.

Or, do you really believe that crap that Nancy Pelosi was selling about a $1 "investment" in EBT returning $1.65 in economic activity?  If you do, please let me know, I have some real estate for ya.

- Ned

MalteseFalcon's picture

Trump is going to spend.

He just isn't going to spend it on this stuff.

redc1c4's picture

you're cutting government jobs, wjhich add NOTHING to the economy except higher tax burdens on the productive members of society.

83_vf_1100_c's picture

  When you cut federal jobs you are saving money.

froze25's picture

Those jobs produce nothing and hamstring productivity and growth.

Ballin D's picture

worst case scenario, youre cutting non productive jobs and letting that money be spent by the most effective spenders (the earners) on productive jobs.


In reality, theres at least a trillion+ to be cut from our budget with no loss in anything useful.

Billy the Poet's picture

Isn't this a catch 22? Cutting spending is essentially cutting jobs which results in decreased tax receipts


Are you suggesting that a government funded by paying people x dollars and then taxing them x-y dollars is a sustainable system?