Trump Releases His First Budget Blueprint: Here Are The Winners And Losers

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Update: echoing comments made by Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the top House Democrat said that the Trump budget proposal is "dead on arrival."

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Today at 7am, Trump released his "skinny budget", his administration's first federal budget blueprint revealing the President's plan to dramatically reduce the size of the government. As previewed last night, the document calls for deep cuts at departments and agencies that would eliminate entire programs and slash the size of the federal workforce. It also proposes a $54 billion increase in defense spending, which the White House says will be offset by the other cuts.

“This is the ‘America First’ budget,” said White House budget director Mick Mulvaney, a former South Carolina congressman who made a name for himself as a spending hawk before Trump plucked him for his Cabinet, adding that “if he said it in the campaign, it’s in the budget.”

In a proposal with many losers, the Environmental Protection Agency and State Department stand out as targets for the biggest spending reductions. Funding would disappear altogether for 19 independent bodies that count on federal money for public broadcasting, the arts and regional issues from Alaska to Appalachia. Trump's budget outline is a bare-bones plan covering just "discretionary" spending for the 2018 fiscal year starting on Oct. 1. It is the first volley in what is expected to be an intense battle over spending in coming months in Congress, which holds the federal purse strings and seldom approves presidents' budget plans.

Trump wants to spend $54 billion more on defense, put a down payment on his border wall, and breathe life into a few other campaign promises. His initial budget outline does not incorporate his promise to pour $1 trillion into roads, bridges, airports and other infrastructure projects.  The budget directs several agencies to shift resources toward fighting terrorism and cybercrime, enforcing sanctions, cracking down on illegal immigration and preventing government waste.

The White House has said the infrastructure plan is still to come.

That said, Congress controlled by Trump's fellow Republicans, is likely to reject some or many of his proposed cuts with some republicans calling the budget "dead on arrival." Some of the proposed changes, which Democrats will broadly oppose, have been targeted for decades by conservative Republicans. Moderate Republicans have already expressed unease with potential cuts to popular domestic programs such as home-heating subsidies, clean-water projects and job training.

Trump is willing to discuss priorities, said Mulvaney. "The president wants to spend more money on defense, more money securing the border, more money enforcing the laws, and more money on school choice, without adding to the deficit," Mulvaney told a small group of reporters during a preview on Wednesday. "If they have a different way to accomplish that, we are more than interested in talking to them," Mulvaney said.

The defense increases are matched by cuts to other programs so as to not increase the $488 billion federal deficit. Mulvaney acknowledged the proposal would likely result in significant cuts to the federal workforce. "You can’t drain the swamp and leave all the people in it," Mulvaney said.

A visual summary of the proposed budget changes is shown below, courtesy of Reuters:

The biggest losers:

Trump asked Congress to slash the EPA by $2.6 billion or more than 31 percent, and the State Department by more than 28 percent or $10.9 billion. Mulvaney said the "core functions" of those agencies would be preserved. Hit hard would be foreign aid, grants to multilateral development agencies like the World Bank and climate change programs at the United Nations.

Trump wants to get rid of more than 50 EPA programs, end funding for former Democratic President Barack Obama's signature Clean Power Plan aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions, and cut renewable energy research programs at the Energy Department. Regional programs to clean up the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay would be sent to the chopping block.

Community development grants at the Housing Department - around since 1974 - were cut in Trump's budget, along with more than 20 Education Department programs, including some funding program for before- and after- school programs. Anti-poverty grants and a program that helps poor people pay their energy bills would be slashed, as well as a Labor Department program that helps low-income seniors find work.

Long reviled by conservatives, the Internal Revenue Service would get a $239 million cut, despite Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s request for more funding. The Education Department would receive $1.4 billion to invest in public charter schools and private schools, even as its overall budget is cut by 14 percent. But other numbers appear to contradict some of Trump’s top priorities. One of his campaign pledges was to work to cure diseases, but the National Institutes of Health will reportedly see $5.8 billion slashed from its budget.

Trump calls for a 13 percent cut to the Transportation Department, which would ostensibly play a big role in Trump’s promised infrastructure overhaul. That includes $500 million from the TIGER grant program, which provides funding for road and bridge projects.

Trump's rural base did not escape cuts. The White House proposed a 21 percent reduction to the Agriculture Department, cutting loans and grants for wastewater, reducing staff in county offices and ending a popular program that helps U.S. farmers donate crops for overseas food aid.

And the winners

White House officials looked at Trump's campaign speeches and "America First" pledges as they crunched the numbers, Mulvaney said. "We turned those policies into numbers," he said, explaining how the document mirrored pledges to spend more on the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal, veterans' health care, the FBI, and Justice Department efforts to fight drug dealers and violent crime.

The Department of Homeland Security would get a 6.8 percent increase, with more money for extra staff needed to catch, detain and deport illegal immigrants. Trump wants Congress to shell out $1.5 billion for the border wall with Mexico in the current fiscal year - enough for pilot projects to determine the best way to build it - and a further $2.6 billion in fiscal 2018, Mulvaney said.

The estimate of the full cost of the wall will be included in the full budget, expected in mid-May, which will project spending and revenues over 10 years. Trump has vowed Mexico will pay for the border wall, which the Mexican government has flatly said it will not do. The White House has said recently that funding would be kick-started in the United States.

The voluminous budget document will include economic forecasts and Trump's views on "mandatory entitlements" - big-ticket programs like Social Security and Medicare, which Trump vowed to protect on the campaign trail.

“There is no question this is a hard-power budget,” said Mulvaney. “It is not a soft-power budget.”

The budget requests $1.5 billion to detain and remove undocumented immigrants, and $314 million to hire 500 new Border Patrol officers and 1,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.

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29.5 hours's picture

Every year for decades, the largest recipients of U.S. "foreign aid" have been the state of Israel and the Egyptian military. Somehow I doubt if this will change in the budget that will be passed when the political circus ends.

<<Hit hard would be foreign aid>>


Cognitive Dissonance's picture

So I guess there's no waste and fraud in the military.

Full speed ahead and damn the torpedoes.

338's picture



They axed this thing to within 488BILLION dollars of being balanced.

We should all be amazed and applaud this stunning act of courage.


Fucking thieves, to a T, each and every one.


Generational theft is the most decrepid act I can think of.


keep voting!  It really does change things.



MFL5591's picture

Should make every thinking person happy.  Exactly what this country needs.

kavlar's picture
kavlar (not verified) MFL5591 Mar 16, 2017 7:09 AM

I don't see Trump slashing the $5 Billion/year Apartheid Israel gets. And for what? Apartheid?

stizazz's picture

US taxpayers are paying for one group of rich folks to enslave another people.

Prisoners_dilemna's picture

Slowly but surely there are fewer and fewer "taxpayers".


26 US Code 7701(a)(26)

Taxpayer - A person who is liable for the excise income tax.


Some other key legal terms found at 7701 that don't mean what we think they mean as common every day words,

United States, State, and even Includes.  Look at 7701 and see for yourself.


Learning how to interpret the legal term "includes" in important.

Took Red Pill's picture

The military should be drastically cut as well! The US already spends double to triple any other country;

FrozenGoodz's picture

No no what about the big beautiful planes and ships Trump's providing the Navy with? Cut back on all those pesky carbon emission regs, to hell w/ this planet anyway. We need walls damnit!


Suffice it to say ... losers are us ... winners them

CuttingEdge's picture

Any "intelligence" agency cuts in the smallprint, one wonders...

Antifaschistische's picture

Did I miss National Public Radio, PBS and the Endowment for the Arts?   I wanted to start there.   The propoganda wing of the left most side of the DNC.

PrayingMantis's picture

... money is no object ... the US .gov has a lot of printers ...

rosiescenario's picture

NPR would be the very first on my list.....they even make CNN appear to be a conservative organization....

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Took Red Pill Mar 16, 2017 7:32 AM

it's a fact that 50% is waste and fraud.

Kickbacks to the John McCain's from the contractor is how you get the $700 toilet seat.

McCain knows businessman Trump won't stand for this. Why he melts down, plus McCain most likely a pedogater.

No adult, including his wife, could stand him.

Abaco's picture

Just look at McCain - clearly he lusts for carnal knowledge of large rodents.

pgroup's picture

Well, I'm in favor of large rodents having carnal knowledge of HIM.

Zorba&#039;s idea's picture

That'll never end till term limits and radical electoral/campaign finance reform. McStain and all the other whores in CONgress are like drone bees stroking the Queen MIC Bee. 1,2,3, stroke stroke stroke

Paul Kersey's picture

Winners: neocons and goldmanites, the Clintons and Mike Pence
Losers: the American people

The Trump that ran for office is not the Trump that got elected.

BullyBearish's picture

the progression is undeniable...more and more to military/intelligence/israel drains this country of education/health/infrastructure/productivity/non-military innovation leaving us with only one use what has been built up to go to war...keep your sons and daughters OUT OF THE banker's MILITARY, don't let them die for money

OregonGrown's picture

A president that actually MAKES A BUDGET!  


#Winning #FINALLYaWorkingPOTUS

caconhma's picture

What a surprise, i.e, Trump does not deliver on his election campaign promises.

Well, Trump was elected to do specific things for his puppet-masters. Do you really believe that Trump like his predecessor Obama are free to do their own things? After all, Trump is a buffoon and has nothing on his mind except enriching himself!

Looks like than a welfare paradise in America is over!

Obadiah's picture

Hey prisoner  I just ordered a bunch of the lost horizons books and cd's is this your site?

Too bad my 2016 tax bill is north of 100K because of cap gains fuckery i am enduring inorder to payoff the banks once and for all.

tion's picture

Yup. Huge fucking scam. I think its something in the UCC that is making us unwittingly enter contract and consent to this shit. Basically  accidentally opting in, consenting from not opting out the right way.  One of these days I plan to investigate this strawman bullshit.

tion's picture

Also fam, why am I not able to log out of the mobile site? I'd quite like to go back to hiding under my rock, if someone could kindly point the way, it'd be much appreciated. It has kept me logged in for many days without asking to be remembered. Is this normal? Regretting coming out from behind vpn.

Obadiah's picture

Yo Kavlar is that your site?  Like it very much.  Be sure to visit henry makkow once in a while too.

This link  from his site is something everyone needs to read.

But also and very importantly don't forget we are talking about those who SAY they are Jews, BUT ARE NOT, AND DO LIE.  Rev 3:9



The hidden lucifarian powers  are being uncovered bit by bit






Croesus's picture

It's a hell of a lot better than it was, thanks to "'Trim the fat' Trump"!

Unfortunately, since he's increasing military spending, it means McStain will support it (and I really wanted to see him blow a gasket again; the more people see his insanity, the better). 

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

Defense spending is 75% gristle, at least.  It's 6x greater than russia's spending

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) ThanksChump Mar 16, 2017 8:14 AM

And still it is less than one third the size of the Welfare Industrial Complex.

Justin Case's picture

Not even close Bubba. Just the F35 costs over $1 trillion and it's killed moar pilots than enemies. The $4 billion a piece frigates that can't move under their own propulsion. Billions in military hardware for the terrorist groups, maintenance costs of existing hardware, staff payrolls, veterans with disabilities and permanent care  etc. C'mon are you that ignorant?

The $682 billion spent by the U.S. in 2012, according to the Office of Management and Budget, was more than the combined military spending of China, Russia, the United Kingdom, Japan, France, Saudi Arabia, India, Germany, Italy and Brazil — which spent $652 billion, according to the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database.

Not to mention monies that went in the black hole that they can't account for.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) Justin Case Mar 16, 2017 9:58 AM

Your fake numbers don't work well here Sparky.

Fact: Federal military budget is roughly 20% of the total budget. Wealth transfers to non-producers is roughly 66% of the national budget. Before the new, improved, math system, 66% used to be over three times 20%.

Now add in state budgets. Military spending is close to zero. Wealth transfers to non-producers is bankrupting many states.

Sorry to use facts against you, Sparky.

Note: I am not justifying or endorsing military spending. I simply want to know the facts so I can decide where the vast majority of taxes go. That would be the Welfare Industrial Complex.

Krungle's picture

Military spending is wealth transfer to non-producers.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) Krungle Mar 16, 2017 10:39 AM

Yes, and as I said, it is less than one third that of Welfare Industrial Complex spending.

Justin Case's picture

Pensions:       $1,338.0 billion
Health Care:    $1,550.1 billion
Education:      $1,071.4 billion
Defense:        $854.8 billion
Welfare:        $475.4 billion
Protection:     $290.3 billion
Transportation: $317.5 billion
General Government: $192.8 billion
Other Spending: $539.2 billion
Interest:     $410.3 billion
Total Spending: $7,039.8 billion
Federal Deficit: $503.5 billion
Gross Public Debt: $23,244.6 billion
Other Borrowing: $108.5 billion
Agency/GSE Debt: $8,402.5 billion


LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) Justin Case Mar 16, 2017 4:32 PM

Thank you for confirming what I've been saying.

Justin Case's picture

Well I guess dat youz a socialist country by the looks of it. Venezuela II comin up, socialism never works.

Abaco's picture

Agree with your sentiment but this rant of yours was completely non-responsive to LSD's point.

merizobeach's picture

"keep voting!  It really does change things."


Reminds me of a 'haiku' from some years back...


Pay your taxes

Pay your fucking taxes

Fuck you!

Leebo's picture

Not a haiku but whatever.  Whatever is what I think about all of this at the moment.  That ice age and famine cant get here soon enough. Everyone is either going insane, willfully ignorant, or stuck in a catch 22.  This world can't keep going on like this.  I wish someone in congress would just crack and say "look, there are no answers, we tried to save the system, we tried to buy more time (literally) and we just don't have a solution.  Government spending is unsustainable and those who depend on government grants, medicaid, social security...etc aren't going to see a check anymore.  We don't want everyone going hungry but we are tapped out and have no alternatives.  We fucked up and there's nothing left to do but throw in the towel." 

SixIsNinE's picture

- Feral Res has a 100,000 sq ft. warehouse chock full of toner for the printers.  

There is no crisis. 

All is well.

They have another warehouse full of 3D printers  at the ready to print up more printers should the need arise. 

Fear not loyal citizen.

The Printers are in Kontrol.


rosiescenario's picture

....speaking of which, a Swede has come up with a brilliant idea for 3D printers for doing large objects:

Hulk's picture

a 488 billion dollar deficit is pure fantasy to begin with. Think 2 to 3 trillion plus for a more accurate number...

DrData02's picture

They could have done much better and come in below if they would have axed, say, 12 of the 16 or 17 redundant agencies designed to steal our rights. "Homeland Security" - right, a phrase out of Hitler's 1934 Germany.

nmewn's picture

Well at least a President has proposed a budget IN TIME to be debated.

Which is a "change"  ;-)

nevertheless's picture

"DEBATED", wtf are you talking about, their is NO FUCKING DEBATES!


You don't cut the EPA, which is already under funded troglodyte, stop buying into the corporate/wall street lies, and spend it on a grossly bloated military, which in the end will be used on us!

New_Meat's picture

Yep, don't cut the EPA's budget.  They need all the resources thay can get to clean up all of the heavy metals they dumped onto the reservations' rivers and pollution they made.  In fact, since their war on odourless, colourless plant food has been such a failure, I say they should declare victory and concentrate all of their religious fervour on the cleanup effort for the messes that they have created.

"Take nothing but pictuers, leave nothing but footprints"

nmewn's picture

Richard Windsor!!!...ummm, errr, ahhh, I mean Lisa Jackson, is that you?  ;-)

GunnerySgtHartman's picture

Yes, the EPA is the most altruistic, selfless federal agency ever created.  They don't care about themselves; they only care about the little guy and the poor little birdies and animals who have nobody to defend them.

Which is exactly why it spent nearly $100 million on office furniture, including Herman Miller desk chairs, chairs which, at over $4000 each, individually cost more than all of my living-room furniture combined:

And it's why they have hired 200 outside PR consultants, in addition to its own in-house PR staff, for $160 million/year (why do regulators need a PR staff, anyway?):

And it's why the EPA gives away our tax money to foreign countries.

And it's why the EPA approved $15 million worth of illegitimate spending on agency credit cards, lost track of $9 million on California projects, spends millions on so-called 'fiscal workshops' that have nothing to do with the environment, and gave money to Thailand to reduce 'pig flatulence.'

All of these items represent nearly $300 million the EPA flushed down the toilet.  And we know there's more.

Now tell us, who is buying into the lies?

DelusionsCrowded's picture

Sounds like the US has become seriously corrupt .