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Making the rounds at the Capitol on a recent evening, Mick Mulvaney, President Trump's budget director, made a decision to add an unscheduled stop: a meeting of the House Freedom Caucus, the group of hard-line conservatives that once counted Mr. Mulvaney as a founding member.Those who knew Mr. Mulvaney before he was the nation's budget guru say that such gestures are typical of a man whose hard-line leanings in Congress belied a collegial style.
The budget said it increases investments in public and private schools of choice by $1.4 billion compared to the 2017 level, ramping up to an annual total of $20 billion, and an estimated $100 billion including matching state and local funds.
The Defense Department will see an increase of about 10 percent and the Department of Homeland Security's budget will go up by about 6 percent. "We worked closely with DoD, and are funding their needs in a responsible fashion". "We do not have unlimited resources, and we need to use them wisely to ensure our national and economic security". About $17 million of the state Department of Environmental Protection's $51 million budget comes from federal funds, according to the state. New Jersey, which has the most Superfund sites in the nation, will be hurt by the 33 percent reduction in funding for the cleanup of toxic sites. If those functions were at Education or Energy, that is where they would be reduced.
"Part of the problem with Obamacare right now - and I've discovered this firsthand, I live in SC - we're down to one provider. This is a reflection in the foreign aid program".
Yesterday's $1.15 trillion (£1tr) budget - titled America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again - will also benefit the military, which will receive its largest windfall since the Reagan administration.
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The federal money Washington has been providing states and tribes to assist with their efforts to clean the water and air, limit exposure to pesticides and toxic substances, and cleanup waste would drop more than 40%. The budget he proposed last week, a clear reflection of his priorities, builds on the evidence that his supporters may have been duped.
Case in point: One of the staff's daily duties includes updating a White House blog, called "Your 1600 daily", that rounds up Oval Office memos and news highlights, with links to media reports that often include positive news coverage of the Trump administration. AFGE Council 238 represents EPA employees.
Trump's proposed budget would eliminate the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, which provides academic enrichment and other services - including nutrition and health education - during non-school hours. "The administration's proposed budget will be akin to taking away the agency's bread and water", O'Grady said.
"Climate change will never disappear", he said. "We're not spending money on that anymore", Mulvaney said during a press briefing Thursday. "Now is not the time to decrease support for this effective strategy", she said. "I talked to Secretary [Ben] Carson and he has the ability to move money around".
- The budget could cut funding for Meals on Wheels, a program that provides meals for older, poor Americans.
"Those are things we really do want to see", Fraser continued. We will have a package coming later this year. "And in fact something we don't think we can defend anymore". These do not make up a sizeable portion of the budget but they are emblematic of departures from the core functions and purposes of government, which is why Republicans have sporadically tried to defund them for decades. Those, he said, will come in May.