OMB Dir. Mulvaney Defends Budget Blueprint That Won't Balance

Trump has frequently called climate change a "hoax", and his EPA chief, Scott Pruitt, said last week he does not believe carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming.

Trump's plan took a big swipe at some federal institutions, envisaging a more than 31 percent cut, or $2.6 billion, for the Environmental Protection Agency and a 28 percent reduction, or $10.9 billion, for the State Department and other worldwide programs. "Seventy-one percent of dependent undergraduate recipients [are] from families making less than $30,000 per year, and 76 percent of independent recipients earn less than $20,000", the analysis says.

US President Donald Trump has unveiled a $1.15 trillion budget blueprint featuring a $54bn boost in defence spending while proposing huge cuts in domestic programmes - including several that are important to developing and supporting co-operatives in the US and overseas.

It was, after all, titled "Trump's budget makes ideal sense and will fix America, and I will tell you why".

Mulvaney said that the $1.5 billion would be coming from the United States treasury and not Mexico, unlike what Trump said during the campaign.

The EPA budget will slip from $8.2 billion to $5.6 billion - lower than it's been in four decades, the New York Times reported.

First came the daunting Congressional Budget Office report on Monday, which projected that if Congress approves the Trump-backed American Health Care Act - the House Republican plan for replacing Obamacare - 14 million people would lose their health insurance within a year.

That vision is one that completely trashes any work toward fighting climate change. Together, the cuts to climate change initiatives at the agency would eliminate some $100 million in spending. Meanwhile, the National Institutes for Health will see their focus move away from sharing information with other countries, while also losing key research funding.

The plan aims to reduce EPA's compliance enforcement budget by $129 million, and eliminate funding for regional efforts like Great Lakes restoration, Chesapeake Bay and other geographic programs by $427 million.

"Literally and figuratively, this is a scorched-earth budget that represents an all-out assault on clean air, water and land", said Gina McCarthy, who led the EPA in Obama's second term.

On Thursday, President Donald Trump unveiled his first budget blueprint, called 'America First, ' with the goal to make America great again.

"It is basically a "get out of jail free card" for polluters", Alt said.

Some people are complaining that the budget proffered by the Trump administration, despite its wonderful macho-sounding name, is too vague and makes all sorts of cuts to needed programs in favor of increasing military spending by leaps and bounds.

She said the budget also includes both "backdoor and front-door voucher programs that further the Trump administration's ideological crusade against public education".

And his budget director made clear the administration has no intention of going back.

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