The Republican President’s budget proposal, released Thursday, would eliminate “many of those programs that waste taxpayer dollars and have a significant negative impact on the American people,” including “programs that have no direct benefit to taxpayers.”
The budget proposal includes $10 billion to eliminate the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which provides emergency response and disaster relief services to the U.S. and the federal government’s states and territories.
The budget includes $6.9 billion for the Department of Homeland Security, a $8 billion increase over the previous year.
It also includes $5.3 billion to the Department for Veterans Affairs to fund care for veterans and their families, and $1.8 billion for food assistance for the needy.
The White House released the draft budget proposal as part of the Trump administration’s efforts to enact its “America First” agenda and reduce the federal deficit.
“These spending cuts are necessary to keep the American taxpayer from having to foot the bill for these programs, which are not necessary to address our nation’s growing financial problems,” White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said in a statement.
“As we close out the year, it is imperative we restore fiscal responsibility to this Administration by reducing unnecessary and wasteful programs.”