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Mulvaney Says Budget Good For the People, Not Special Interests

20 March 2017, 10:00 | Justin Tyler

President Trump speaks before signing the order about reorganizing the executive branch March 13

President Trump speaks before signing the order about reorganizing the executive branch March 13

He added: "The severity of the budget cuts proposed by president Trump could require mass layoffs of employees at federal departments and agencies, although the budget blueprint released by the White House does not detail how many federal employees could lose their jobs". This, conveniently, is also what the budget does.

Congressional approval is likely to involve a tough fight.

The energy department could see steep cuts for its 17 national laboratories, which conduct research into subjects including nuclear power and advanced materials for energy generation, storage and use. As a result, there will be cuts at the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art.

Democratic U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has doubts about the viability of President Donald Trump's proposed budget.

"It's not just bad for MA, it's bad for the country", Baker said, calling the NIH proposal "particularly alarming".

That doesn't mean Congress should simply accept this spending formula as offered. "It's what we might call a suggestion".

"This doesn't look like a budget Congressman Mulvaney would have supported?"

The federal government employs more than 2m civilians.

"Every corner of the federal budget is scrutinized, every program tested, every penny of taxpayer money watched over", said Mulvaney. Given the angry reaction to the Republican health care plan, Trump must have decided - for once - that silence was the best choice. Among program cuts that target scientific research, the arts, foreign aid and programs to help the poor, the Trump administration proposes a 31 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), including a $100 million cut to climate change programs.

"A budget that puts America first must make the safety of our people its number one priority-because without safety, there can be no prosperity."

"That's a message that our adversaries and our allies alike should take", the top White House official said as the Democratic lawmakers and foreign policy experts slammed the Trump administration for a drastic 28 per cent reduction in the foreign aid budget, which mostly is routed through the State Department. "It threatens the science that makes us strong, the diplomats that keep us safe, and the local investment on which our entire economy depends", Kennedy said in a statement.

Written by columnist and humourist Alexandra Petri, the opinion piece - it is noted at the top of the article that it is indeed opinion writing - mocks the Trump administration's budget. "The president wrote this budget without consideration for those things - without being beholden to anybody except the people, and that's who this budget is written for".

The increase in defence spending will be recouped through deep cuts elsewhere, the understands. While Republicans control both the House and the Senate, history shows that for all their fiscal conservative talk, Republicans often are loath to actually cut the cord of federal spending.

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