EPA takes the biggest hit in Trump budget

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He did not know about a timeline for when the administration would be able to introduce a balanced budget.

Costello said he would "be evaluating the proposed budget in its entirety in further detail to ensure spending reductions are responsibly targeted, as opposed to cutting programs he believes will benefit Pennsylvania's Sixth Congressional District".

"Not just the compassion in terms of where the money goes, but the compassion in terms of where the money comes from", the White House Office and Management and Budget director said.

The biggest winners in yesterday's announcement are defence - with a 10% budget increase - plus homeland security and veterans' affairs. In order to pay for the increase in defense spending and border patrols, he proposes a nip here and a tuck there.

The budget also eliminates funding for regional programs to clean up the Great Lakes, Puget Sound and Chesapeake Bay, as well as Energy Star, a popular program to promote efficiency in home appliances.

In a budget blueprint full of federal spending clawbacks, no one got cut deeper than the Environmental Protection Agency. "Our community will be hit hard by the proposed elimination of help for households in immediate danger of being without heat and Community Development Block grants that support the production of affordable housing and the revitalization of our Main Streets".

In a letter to congressional leaders, more than 100 evangelical and other faith leaders wrote, "As people of faith, we can not turn our back on those in desperate need". "In this sense, this budget ignores the 70 percent of spending that is responsible for 90 percent of spending growth over the next decade and tells us nothing about how the Administration will address the nation's unsustainably rising national debt". "We consider that to be a waste of your money". He says the government has spent billions of dollars with little to show for it. "And in fact something we don't think we can defend anymore".

It even calls for complete elimination of smaller programs like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, and National Endowment for the Humanities, something budget-conscious conservatives have wanted to do since the Nixon era.

"I put myself in the shoes of that steel worker in OH, the coal mining family in West Virginia, the mother of two in Detroit and I say, okay, I have to go ask those folks for money and I have to tell them where I'm going to spend it", Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told CBN News.

Most of the generals and admirals I know believe in projecting US strength through soft power as well as hard power.

MICK MULVANEY: We can not defend that anymore.

DIRECTOR MULVANEY: Sure. A couple different messages.

Total expenditures and the exact size of the deficit can't be calculated because the document the White House released covers only discretionary spending, which makes up about 30 percent of the total federal budget.

For people who like to see data visually, there are various telling graphs of how Trump's proposed budget for major agencies compares to previous budgets going back to 1978.



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