Donald Trump To Slash EPA Budget By $2 Billion!
Yep — you read that right!
President Donald Trump plans to ask Congress to slash the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget by 24 percent, which is about $2 billion. The White House sent in budget plans on Monday.
The plans detailed how to cut out billions within the federal programs. According to the Daily Caller, the “cuts to EPA and other agencies will fund a $54 billion increase in defense spending.”
The EPA currently has an $8.1 billion budget.
Budget Cut, Along With Many Jobs
Beyond the $2 billion cut, Politico also reported that Trump plans to reduce the EPA’s 15,000 workforce to 12,000, which is a level that has “not been seen since the mid-1980s.” They’re going to have to make some major reductions.
Myron Ebell, the director of global warming and energy policy at the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute said Trump will most likely cut the EPA’s various climate programs, but could also cut D.C. staffers.
This could mean massive cuts in budget and staffing.
Cuts Reflect Trump’s Campaign Promises
These cuts are another method of how Trump is using his business sense to fix the government. “Businesses have to do this all the time,” confirmed Ebell. “The federal government never has to undergo this market discipline.”
Trump also plans to abolish President Obama’s “Climate Action Plan,” which means refocusing the EPA’s efforts towards clean water and clean air. In addition, approximately half of the EPA works at regional offices, but over 90 percent of the EPA programs are managed by the state.
Currently, the proposal sent by the Trump administration doesn’t contain a full budget. The White House hopes to complete a full budget by around May on 2017. Instead, it’s more of a general guideline with more to come later.
The new budget reflects Trump’s promises to rebuild the military, secure the border, take care of veterans, and increase education.
Do you think it’s a good idea to move EPA focus back on air and water?