White House Budget Chief Defends Domestic Cuts

"We have moved a lot of the infrastructure spending out of the discretionary budget in anticipation of putting it back into a larger infrastructure plan - I believe we get to it hopefully by the summertime", Mulvaney said Thursday on "CBS This Morning".

American health sciences are not faring well in an initial draft of President Trump's 2018 budget proposal.

That includes $8 million in block grant funding, according to Shurtleff.

Inslee's office highlighted several proposed cuts, including a 13 percent reduction for the U.S. Department of Education that would eliminate some after-school and summer programs, as well as training for teachers.

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, Ohio served more than 400,000 households and doled out almost $90 million in assistance this past year.

Heather Weiss, the founder of the former Harvard Family Research Project, told the Washington Post that the White House's claims did not match research.

In the proposed form, the new budget would discontinue funding for Obama's signature Clean Power Plan, created to combat climate change by reducing emission of carbon dioxide from power plants. As a result, there will be cuts at the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art.

But the proposed EPA budget cuts would extend well beyond climate change. Some of that money would be taken from programs to help people overseas. President Trump has claimed that building the wall will protect the United States from terrorism, but the decision to cut homeland security seems to contradict this statement. DOD will receive $639 billion under the proposal, a $52 billion increase. These cuts target numerous Obama administration's efforts to fight climate change, as the blueprint "discontinues funding for the Clean Power Plan, global climate change programs, climate change research and partnership programs, and related efforts". About 3,200 positions - or more than 20 percent - in the EPA's workforce of 15,000 would be cut. All climate change programs to which the USA had committed at the United Nations would be cut.

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".

The budget outline expands re-employment and eligibility assessments, which the Department characterized as a valuable activity that saves an average of $536 per claimant in unemployment insurance benefit costs by reducing improper payments and encouraging claimants to return to work.

"There's no question this is a hard-power budget", Mulvaney said.

"President Trump's proposed budget ensures the Department of Labor focuses its resources on protecting workers and advancing opportunity", Jillian Rogers, a spokeswoman for the Department of Labor said Thursday. It preserves funding for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and calls it one of the Department of Health and Human Services' "highest priorities".

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