Trump "Dead On Arrival" Budget Plan Proposes 31% Cuts For EPA, 28% For State Department

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In the widely anticipated budget proposal to be released by President Trump on Thursday, the White House will call for spending cuts of 28% for the State Department and 31% for the Environmental Protection Agency, the New York Times reported on Wednesday, citing congressional staff who are familiar with the plan. The budget plan for fiscal 2018 will also propose a big reduction in the State Department's Food for Peace program and elimination of a Transportation Department program that subsidizes flights to rural U.S. airports.

In addition to the above cuts, Trump’s team is expected to propose a wide array of cuts to public education, to 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.

The E.P.A. is, arguably, the hardest-hit agency under Mr. Trump’s budget proposal: He wants to cut spending by nearly a third — $2.6 billion from its current level of $8.2 billion, according to a person who had been briefed on the proposal but was not authorized to speak publicly about it. That would take the budget down to about $5.7 billion, its lowest level in 40 years, adjusted for inflation. In an initial draft, the White House had proposed cutting about $2 billion from the agency’s budget, taking it down to just over $6 billion, according to an aide familiar with the plan.

Offsetting these cuts, the budget outline would funnel $54 billion in additional funding into defense programs, boost immigration enforcement and significantly reduce the nondefense federal work force to further the “deconstruction of the administrative state,” in the words of Mr. Trump’s chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon.

According to the NYT, "the budget outline, to be unveiled on Thursday, is more of a broad political statement than a detailed plan for spending and taxation. It represents Mr. Trump’s first real effort to translate his bold but vague campaign themes into the minutiae of governance." The plan to be released at 7 a.m. tomorrow is a “skinny budget,” a pared-down first draft of the line-by-line appropriations request submitted by first-term administrations during their first few months. A broader budget will be released later in the spring that will include Mr. Trump’s proposals for taxation as well as the bulk of government spending — Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other entitlement programs.

Still, as with many of Trump's other bold proposals, major elements of the plan have already been declared dead on arrival by the Republican leadership in Congress, and much of the fiscal fine print will be filled in by Capitol Hill lawmakers and their aides over the next month.

House appropriations subcommittees began reviewing the plan late Wednesday. Among the cuts: drastic reductions in the 60-year-old State Department Food for Peace Program, which sends food to poor countries hit by war or natural disasters, and the elimination of the Department of Transportation’s Essential Air Service program, which subsidizes flights to rural airports.


The proposed State Department cuts, which leaked this month, have already created a backlash among some Capitol Hill Republicans. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, has already said Senate Republicans will not agree to deep cuts to the $50 billion budget for the State Department and United States Agency for International Development initially proposed by the Trump administration’s Office of Management and Budget.

This is definitely dead on arrival,” Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters at the Capitol late last month of the proposed cuts to the diplomatic corps and foreign aid.

And since it looks improbable that Trump will get most - or even a material amount - of his proposed spending cuts, it will only make Trump's proposed tax cuts that much more problematic, unless Congressional conservatives suddenly become believes in debt-funded everything, in which case it may all boil down to Janet Yellen again, and the Fed's monetization of what suddenly appears to be a gaping budget deficit, which however at a time of rising rates and economic "animal spirits", looks very unlikely absent a dramatic deterioration in the US economy.

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auricle's picture

The response from a corrupt congress.

ne-tiger's picture

Let's spend every penny on fucking wars instead of healthcare, education and infrastructure. The sooner we die, the better the solution.



Occident Mortal's picture

WTF budget is this?

This move is more about cleaning out congress than getting a budget passed.

Trump is pointing the tar and feather bazooka at congress.

NidStyles's picture

Congress critters do not understand optics very well. They certainly don't understand how this looks to the public that they are denying Trump's mandate outright.


Basically, the people in Congress are in general not very intelligent, but we knew that already. They are not in office because they are intelligent, they are in office because they can get infinity support from the criminal class and Jewish Lobby that paid for their election campaigns.


This will not end well for them, especially with those mid-terms right around the corner, and that time gap proving that they will continue to eat their hats and shove their heads further up their own rectums.

BullyBearish's picture

Inform yourselves about where most of the U.S. budget (your tax dollars) goes:

Israel imposes 'apartheid regime' on Palestinians: U.N. report



A U.N. agency published a report on Wednesday accusing Israel of imposing an "apartheid regime" of racial discrimination on the Palestinian people, and said it was the first time a U.N. body had clearly made the charge.


 Israel's Foreign Ministry spokesman likened the report, which was published by the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), to Der Sturmer - a Nazi propaganda publication that was strongly anti-Semitic.

 The report concluded "Israel has established an apartheid regime that dominates the Palestinian people as a whole." The accusation - often directed at Israel by its critics - is fiercely rejected by Israel. (

 U.N. Under-Secretary General and ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima Khalaf said the report was the "first of its type" from a U.N. body that "clearly and frankly concludes that Israel is a racist state that has established an apartheid system that persecutes the Palestinian people".

 ESCWA comprises 18 Arab states in Western Asia and aims to support economic and social development in member states, according to its website. The report was prepared at the request of member states, Khalaf said.

 U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York that the report was published without any prior consultation with the U.N. secretariat.

 "The report as it stands does not reflect the views of the secretary-general (Antonio Guterres)," said Dujarric, adding that the report itself notes that it reflects the views of the authors.

The United States, an ally of Israel, said it was outraged by the report.

"The United Nations secretariat was right to distance itself from this report, but it must go further and withdraw the report altogether," the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said in a statement.

The Israeli ministry spokesman, Emmanuel Nahshon‏, commenting on Twitter, also noted the report had not been endorsed by the U.N. secretary-general.

"The attempt to smear and falsely label the only true democracy in the Middle East by creating a false analogy is despicable and constitutes a blatant lie," Israel's U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon said in a statement.

The report said it had established on the "basis of scholarly inquiry and overwhelming evidence, that Israel is guilty of the crime of apartheid."

"However, only a ruling by an international tribunal in that sense would make such an assessment truly authoritative," it added.

The report said the "strategic fragmentation of the Palestinian people" was the main method through which Israel imposes apartheid, with Palestinians divided into four groups oppressed through "distinct laws, policies and practices."

It identified the four sets of Palestinians as: Palestinian citizens of Israel; Palestinians in East Jerusalem; Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip; and Palestinians living as refugees or in exile.

ESCWA hoped the report would inform further deliberations on the root causes of the problem in the United Nations, among member states, and in society, Khalaf said at an event to launch the report at ESCWA's Beirut headquarters.

It was authored by Richard Falk, a former U.N. human rights investigator for the Palestinian territories, and Virginia Tilley, professor of political science at Southern Illinois University.

Before leaving his post as U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories in 2014, Falk said Israeli policies bore unacceptable characteristics of colonialism, apartheid and ethnic cleansing.

The United States accused him of being biased against Israel.



caconhma's picture

This fucking buffoon/clown intends sending more money on Nazi State of Israel than protecting US people from zionist corporate polluters and on entire US foreign policies.

It is a nightmare in America!

TheLastTrump's picture



Run away run away.

Arrow4Truth's picture

Nah, rack it and fire until it just goes... click.

AnonG-Man's picture

Any time someone claims Israel is the only "Democracy"  in the Middle East (past or present) with the Likud Government leading is very much a liar.

greenskeeper carl's picture

No shit. You mean the EPA that helped block independent testing of Monsantos toxic chemicals and just took their world for it?

And we have a food for peace program? Jezzus Christ. What the fuck, we now attempt to bribe tribal Africans with food to try to prevent them from butchering each other with machetes? Seriously, cut it all.

scoutshonor's picture

If we are commited to going full thermo with ( insert your favorite axis of evil country here ) then what reason can there be not to axe Obamacare?

ne-tiger's picture

I don't give a shit about obamacare. It's been proved by rest the world universal/single payer healthcare is the solution.

But USSA is too fucking retard to get understand it.

NidStyles's picture

Really? How? Where? When?


Which country has a universal system that is not drowning in debt and infinite invaders that call themselves refugees?

ne-tiger's picture

Do u fucking read? Why do we pay twice more on healthcare and live shorter?

NoDebt's picture

Three reasons:

1.  We subsidize the costs of healthcare for the rest of the world.  Pills that cost $20 bucks where you are cost $200 each here.

2.  Too many fucking lawyers.

3.  We eat like a bunch of pigs.


truthseeker47's picture

You left off number 4: A heroin epidemic.  It's so bad it has lowered the average American life span.

Doom Porn Star's picture

Afghanistan + Napalm

_________________   = gut supply of Heroin to epidemic.

    defund CIA 

billwilson2's picture

This used to be an interesting site. Now the comment section is populated with a bunch of childish morons with an "entitled attitude" and a zero understanding of life. Just a bunch of right wing nutcases. 

Single payer is by far the best system if you want affordable and effective health care.

If you want the freedom to die early and watch your family and neighbors go bankrupt with health costs ... Trumpcare takes the cake.

TheLastTrump's picture

"Single payer is by far the best system if you want affordable and effective health care."


You're lying. It's only affordable to the poorest, anyone who works for a living gets the shaft with increased taxes.


It's not "Trumpcare", it's OBAMACARE that's pissed everyone off so much.

TheLastTrump's picture

Yeah it's been proven that single payer DOESN'T WORK/ drives govts bankrupt as they try to tax the ever loving shit out of their "constituents" to pay for it.


Obamacare's trial run under Romney in MA hasn't worked out too well either, for exactly the same reason.


Obamacare now is imploding, again for the same reasons of balooning costs.


People don't like paying shitloads of cash to take care of themselves & then are expected to also take care of you....people don't like that. Surprise.

MasterControl's picture

No one wants to pay for your healthcare douchebag.

Krungle's picture

No one wants to pay for your military campaigns douchebag.

TheLastTrump's picture

speak for yourself


I like the way we're killing them over there and not here

ne-tiger's picture

Are you sure you are paying for me? Redneck states take much more money from Fed.

NidStyles's picture

We'll remember that the next time you need the resources that you get for dirt cheap thanks to government subsidies from those states.


You should probably spend more time looking at all of the money, not just the leftoid articles pushed here on ZH.

ne-tiger's picture

I pay way more tax than u rednecks.

Troll Magnet's picture

You've obviously never met wealthy rednecks. Some of these wealthy rednecks probably don't pay as much taxes as you do. But it ain't because you're making more than them. It's because you don't know how to stop them Jew-run IRS from raping your dumbass.

TheReplacement's picture

Then you are the greater fool for it.

chubbar's picture

Cut EPA by 100%, Cut education by 100%, Cut the 17 intel agencies to 2, Cut CIA 100%. That'll be good for a start. Every other agency cut 10% at a minimum. Boost deportation lawyers and ICE by 200%.

Mikeyy's picture

"Cut EPA by 100%"


Yeah, I want my air to look like Beijing's!

cougar_w's picture

That's just the price of progress, my friend.

froze25's picture

Let the states handle it through their DEC's I'm sure the people that live in those states don't want Beijing poison air either. The FEDS shouldn't be involved. 

Doom Porn Star's picture

The air in Beijing is the same air where you are.

If you keep throwing garbage into the ocean eventually the whole ocean is full of garbage: it doesn't just stay in the bay you dumping it into.  Same with the carbon emmissions, heavy metals like lead, etc..

Sending the factories overseas only keeps the jobs and money overseas; the pollution ends up here anyway eventually.

SamEyeAm's picture

So if you get rid of the CIA, will Russia get rid of their SVR, China their MSS, Iran their MOIS and so on? Do tell.

francis scott falseflag's picture

You forgot Mossad.


Or did you?

TheReplacement's picture

Various foreign intel agencies have complete and unfettered access to 100% of the 100% of domestic data that the NSA captures.  Our secrets would be more secure if we had no intel agencies at all.  And, we'd save money on top of it.


TheLastTrump's picture

Why don't we keep some intel agencies & simply abrogate the law that says private American info can be seen by foreigners at their will?

nuubee's picture

Trump wouldn't need to submit a budget plan if Congress was working as intended, and not as a third-rate peanut gallery where cucks roam to try to improve their wealth and standing by exploiting their position.

JLee2027's picture



I want MONSTER CUTS, as in 90% of the budget is gone, outside of defense.

llessur_one's picture

I want cuts anounced by the same guy that did the monster truck rallys "WATCH AS THE EPA GETS CUT 75 PERCENT, PERCent, precent "

RightLineBacker's picture

Expected response from the 100% donor bribed congress.

Shadow1275's picture

Don't like him, Hate Sanders more. But you gotta give him credit for proposing a bill to cut government jobs to thousands of government officials on the take. The man's got a real pair of bad hombres down under.

Johnbrown's picture


I guess you missed the part about any cuts being offset with increased military welfare spending.

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

The military should be cut drastically.  We should police our borders, not the whole world; and especially not for the sake of Israel.

Row Well Number 41's picture

If you spend it, war will come.

cowdiddly's picture

54 billion that your whining about is like a night on the town guy.

Entitlement spending is what eats it up. 1.1T for Medicare, about another 1 trillion for SSecurity, 270 billion for fed pensions, Interest on the debt is  260 billion and another 300 billion for the rest of the entitlement programs like SSI, food stamps EIC ect. That's like about 3T of the pie

In a 3.3 trillion tax base whats left? DAMN LITTLE for EVERYTHING ELSE.

If congress is not willing to cut entitlements then its just a waste of everyones time.

hoyeru's picture
hoyeru (not verified) cowdiddly Mar 15, 2017 7:04 PM

pure BS. First of all they are NOT "Entitlement. people have paid taxes for it expeciting to get their money they have paid into the programs.

Very poitining how you dont mention the 6 tirrions dollars the fake 'wars on terror" have cost so far.

Nekoti's picture

How about they not take my money 'for my own good', and let me keep it and do what I deem appropriate for my future?