FY17 President Trump budget reductions

President Donald Trump has handed Congress a budget which cuts domestic spending by $18 billion in the current fiscal year (FY 2017).

[Reminder: The federal governments fiscal year ends September 30.]

The largest reductions are experienced by the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education subcommittee, which would see roughly $7.26 billion in cuts (15% of the agency’s budget). The State and Foreign Operations committee would see nearly $2.9 billion dollars in cuts (14% of budget) while Transportation and HUD would see a $2.7 billion dollar reduction (45% budget reduction).

Perhaps one of the more curious cuts is to the Department of Energy’s Fossil Energy Research and Development program, which will see a 54% decrease in funding ($341,000,000). Given President Trump’s focus on fossil fuels, it’s surprising that he is cutting funds that focus on carbon capture and storage. If anything, advanced coal power systems and carbon capture and storage should be a public health priority.

One area being essentially gutted is Americorps, whose funding is cut by 98% under the auspices that it is “not a core function of the Federal government to promote volunteerism and therefore these programs should be eliminated” and “they should be supported by the private and nonprofit sectors”. Americorp VISTA is being cut 67%  for similar purposes.

Reasons for other budget cuts include, “initiatives that go beyond the core focus of the agency” and ” grant programs, for which no awards have yet been made.” Various initiatives that haven’t produced timely results are also seeing reductions in funding.

What it comes down to is that the cuts are occurring because (1) agencies have experienced significant mission creep, (2) agencies have not utilized allocated funds and/or have proven questionable stewards of those funds. (3) services are duplicative, (4) the federal government is doing what the private sector should or could be doing, and/or (5) the cuts are part of restructuring and re-prioritizing the federal government.

All told, the budget reductions save the US taxpayers $49,136,986 every day of the year or $2,047,374 every hour of every single day. This excludes interest that would accumulate on the funds as part of the overall national deficit.

The next month will certainly prove interesting as we move closer to a possible federal government shutdown. I suppose the question comes down to whether we are content with the status quo or desire change.

Below is a list of budget reductions by subcommittee and agency. You can download details of the budget cuts here: Trump budget.

And for the record, here is the US debt clock.

Reductions by subcommittee:

Subcommittee Reductions
Agriculture 1,070
Commerce/Justice/Science 1,222
Energy-Water 1,757
Financial Services/General Government 210
Homeland Security 131
Interior-Environment 714
Labor/HHS/Education 7,256
State/Foreign Operations 2,879
Transportation/HUD 2,696
TOTAL 17,935

 

Reductions by subcommittee and agency:

Bill/Agency Reductions
Agriculture 1,070
HHS/FDA 40
USDA 667
USAID 363
Commerce/Justice/Science 1,222
DOC/EDA 97
DOC/NIST 65
DOC/NOAA 300
DOJ 310
NASA 50
NSF 350
NIST 50
Energy-Water 1,757
DOE 1,432
Western Area Power Administration (DOE) 75
Bureau of Reclamation (DOI) 150
USACE 100
Financial  Services/General Government 210
Treasury 210
Homeland Security 131
FEMA 90
Under Secretary for Management/Office of the CFO 41
Interior-Environment 714
DOI 371
EPA 247
USDA 41
HHS/Indian Health Service 25
NEA 15
NEH 15
Labor/HHS/Education 7,256
DOL 676
HHS 839
HHS/ACL 49
HHS/AHRQ 50
HHS/CDC 314
HHS/CMS 50
HHS/HRSA 170
HHS/NIH 1,232
HHS/SAMHSA 100
ED 2,965
CNCS 811
State/Foreign Operations 2,879
State 1,176
State/USAID 1,156
Treasury 547
Transportation/HUD 2,696
DOT 946
HUD 1,675
NRC 75
TOTAL 17,935

 

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