What pres­i­dent would toss to pay for his pri­or­i­ties

USA TODAY US Edition - - NEWS - Josh Hafner

Trea­sury Sec­re­tary Steven Mnuchin laid out the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s re­cently re­leased bud­get pro­posal at a Se­nate Fi­nance Com­mit­tee hear­ing Wed­nes­day. It re­flects Pres­i­dent Trump’s big­gest pri­or­i­ties, such as a wall on the U.S.Mex­i­can bor­der, but it elim­i­nates fund­ing for other ini­tia­tives.

Those in­clude after-school pro­grams, pub­lic broad­cast­ing and a NASA space tele­scope. The bud­get goes to Congress, where last year, even key Repub­li­can law­mak­ers re­jected many of the same cuts.

Here are some of the elim­i­na­tions pro­posed in the “Ma­jor Sav­ings and Re­forms” doc­u­ment. The sav­ings are in com­par­i­son to 2017 fund­ing, as listed in the doc­u­ment:

Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture

A pro­gram that do­nates to school food pro­grams in for­eign coun­tries: $202 mil­lion

Grants for ru­ral wa­ter and waste­water pro­grams: $509 mil­lion

Eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity pro­grams for ru­ral Amer­ica: $103 mil­lion

Depart­ment of Com­merce

The Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion, which pro­vides grants to dis­tressed com­mu­ni­ties: $251 mil­lion

Fund­ing for sev­eral Na­tional Oceanic and At­mo­spheric Ad­min­is­tra­tion pro­grams: $273 mil­lion

Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion

A pro­gram to in­crease the qual­ity of teach­ers and school lead­ers: $2 bil­lion

A pro­gram es­tab­lish­ing be­fore­and after-school learn­ing cen­ters for aca­demic im­prove­ment: $1.19 bil­lion

Grants for im­proved K-12 lit­er­acy in­struc­tion: $190 mil­lion

Depart­ment of En­ergy

A pro­gram to as­sist low-in­come fam­i­lies with en­ergy costs: $3.4 bil­lion

A pro­ject to dis­pose of sur­plus U.S. weapons-grade plu­to­nium: $56 mil­lion

Depart­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices

Health pro­fes­sional train­ing pro­grams: $451 mil­lion

Depart­ment of Hous­ing and Ur­ban Devel­op­ment

Fund­ing for the Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment Block Grant pro­gram that sup­ports 1,250 or­ga­ni­za­tions: $3 bil­lion

A pro­gram that helps ex­pand the sup­ply of af­ford­able hous­ing for low­in­come house­holds: $950 mil­lion

Depart­ment of the In­te­rior

Fund­ing for recla­ma­tion of aban­doned coal mines: $105 mil­lion

Na­tional Park Ser­vice fund­ing for in­fra­struc­ture im­prove­ment projects: $20 mil­lion

Fund­ing to con­serve ar­eas out­side the Na­tional Park Sys­tem: $20 mil­lion

Depart­ment of La­bor

A pro­gram that pro­vides job train­ing and em­ploy­ment to mi­grant farm­work­ers: $82 mil­lion

A pro­gram that pro­vides job train­ing for low-in­come Na­tive Amer­i­cans: $50 mil­lion

Grants for oc­cu­pa­tional safety and health train­ing pro­grams: $11 mil­lion

Depart­ment of State and U.S. Agency for In­ter­na­tional Devel­op­ment

For­eign devel­op­ment as­sis­tance: $2.8 bil­lion

Emer­gency and food aid: $1.6 bil­lion

Global Cli­mate Change Ini­tia­tive and fund­ing to ad­dress cli­mate change: $160 mil­lion

Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion

In­fra­struc­ture fund­ing for projects with lo­cal ben­e­fits: $500 mil­lion

Depart­ment of the Trea­sury

Fund­ing for two pro­grams de­vel­op­ing agri­cul­ture in poor coun­tries:

$53 mil­lion


Five Earth science mis­sions: $133 mil­lion

Of­fice of Ed­u­ca­tion: $100 mil­lion

Other agen­cies

An agency that funds and pro­motes ser­vice op­por­tu­ni­ties: $907 mil­lion

Fund­ing for the Corp. for Pub­lic Broad­cast­ing, which sup­ports PBS and NPR: $480 mil­lion

A non-profit group that pro­motes civil le­gal as­sis­tance for low-in­come peo­ple: $367 mil­lion

In­sti­tute of Mu­seum and Li­brary Ser­vices: $208 mil­lion

Fund­ing for the Na­tional En­dow­ment for the Arts: $121 mil­lion

Sup­port for Neigh­borWorks, a non­profit group that funds, man­ages and trains hous­ing and com­mu­nity devel­op­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions: $113 mil­lion

Fund­ing for the Na­tional En­dow­ment for the Hu­man­i­ties: $108 mil­lion

Con­sol­i­dat­ing two agen­cies that sup­port devel­op­ment in Latin Amer­ica and Africa: $44 mil­lion

Re­gional devel­op­ment com­mis­sions in Alaska, Mis­sis­sippi and New Hamp­shire: $41 mil­lion

Grants to help Wash­ing­ton, D.C., res­i­dents af­ford col­lege: $40 mil­lion

Fund­ing of the Wil­son Cen­ter, a non-par­ti­san pol­icy fo­rum and re­search in­sti­tute: $4 mil­lion

A board that in­ves­ti­gates chem­i­cal fa­cil­ity ac­ci­dents: $2 mil­lion


Trea­sury Sec­re­tary Steven Mnuchin tes­ti­fied at a Se­nate panel hear­ing about the bud­get Wed­nes­day.

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