Trump Budget Proposes $18 Billion in Cuts To AIDS Research, Pell Grants, Education (VIDEO)

Trump Budget Proposes $18 Billion in Cuts To AIDS Research, Pell Grants, Education (VIDEO)

Trump is in a hurry to wield the budget ax

The Trump administration is hurrying to slash federal spending this year for programs it considers unnecessary, as opposed to waiting until 2018 as expected.

The White House is proposing a mind-boggling $18 billion in cuts to government programs that advocate scientific research, education, health, job training and diplomacy — programs that were already approved for 2017, CBS SF Bay Area reports. 

That news brought an immediate reaction from Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), who wasted little time in lambasting parts of Trump’s proposal as “morally bankrupt.” The proposal was sent to Capitol Hill Friday and subsequently leaked to the public.

Bringing attention to the drastic cuts, Lee, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations  pointed out the nearly $350 million being sliced away from The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and HIV/AIDS programs.

“President Trump’s proposed reductions to PEPFAR and other HIV/AIDS programs would be a humanitarian catastrophe,”

The Trump administration also wants to slash $1.2 billion in funding for the National Institutes of Health in 2017, CBS reports. 

These cuts threaten to undo accomplishments made by Congress so that “President Trump can line the pockets of defense contractors,” she said.

CNN noted after reviewing the document, which bears the White House’s stamp of the Office of Management and Budget, that the steepest cuts are to education, labor and health.

And since many of the cuts are to grant programs, universities and non-profit organizations would be severely pinched and forced to seek additional funding or cut programs to make up the difference.

Service programs also face steep cuts. AmeriCorps would lose $439 million and SeniorCorps, a related program, would lose $66 million. In addition, the Senior Community Service Employment Plan would lose $434 million.

In a statement, the Trump administration wrote:

“It is not a core function of the federal government to promote volunteerism, and therefore, these programs should be eliminated. To the extent that these activities have value, they should be supported by the private and non-profit sectors.”

Trump’s proposal also calls for a $314 million cut to the budget for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, by reducing or eliminating spending on disease research programs, CNN reports. 

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And education programs are also on the chopping block, facing steep cuts of nearly $3 billion, with Pell grants that help low-income students pay for college and teacher-oriented grant programs being hit the hardest. The administration says that Pell cuts will reduce surpluses in the program’s account, “but would still leave the program on solid footing.”

The 2017 proposal to cut these programs comes about one week after the administration unveiled a $1.15 trillion budget for Fiscal Year 2018, which also slashes numerous domestic and international programs while hiking defense spending by $54 billion.

Trump also wants to see funds for United Nations peacekeeping efforts cut by $72 million, and an additional $50 million pared away from a Teen Pregnancy Prevention program, CBS notes. 

But the most controversial program to be cut may be the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) food assistance program, which could lose as much as $200 million.

Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT.) characterizes the cuts proposed in the document as “draconian.”

He also had this to say:

“Cutting cancer research, slashing affordable housing and programs to protect the environment, and making middle class taxpayers pay for a wall … These may be the Trump administration priorities, but they aren’t the priorities of the American people.”

In a Thursday press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said:

“I think his funding requests and priorities are laid out in the budget that Director (Mick) Mulvaney detailed and sent up for the remainder of 2017. There are some key things in that, and I think that it is going to begin a conversation that we will continue to have with the House and Senate. Obviously we don’t want the government to shut down, but we want to make sure that we’re funding the priorities of the government.”

If you want to know which agencies and programs face cuts, check this out. 

You can also find out more in this video.

Photo courtesy of Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images

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Megan was born and raised in Ventura, California. She has since lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Pacific Northwest, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Mexico, and Costa Rica. While she has always been a liberal, her travels have informed her politics. She has worked for more than 25 years as a professional journalist writing about crime, the police, local politics, feature stories, environmental issues and a variety of other topics. She now writes for Reverb Press.

Megan supports Black Lives Matter and fights against racism, sexism, the corporatocracy, climate change deniers and others who continue to destroy the planet.

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