Donald Trump plans to slash federal funding for the United Nations and international aid for foreign countries, as well as programs that fight climate change, bring Meals on Wheels to the elderly, offer job training for low-income and unemployed Americans, and helps kids stay in school.
In other words, the budget proposed by Trump would eliminate or severely hurt the work that Global Citizens supports and take a big toll on the world’s poorest people.
With the money from those cuts, the president wants to increase military spending by $54 billion.
The White House released the proposed budget blueprint this morning after weeks of rumors and reports about the proposed cuts. Congressional Republicans who hold the power to actually craft the budget have already spoken out against some of Trump’s reductions with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) calling the cuts to the State Department “dead on arrival.”
The conflict could lead to a budget showdown between a Republican president and Republican-led Congress once the final budget proposal is submitted to Congress by the White House later this spring. Congress will then work on the budget, likely throughout the summer, until they vote on a final proposal that must be enacted by October 1, 2017, for the following fiscal year.
Global Citizen launched a call action today to encourage Global Citizens to call their members of Congress and ask them to stand for foreign assistance and to maintain $60 billion in funding for international affairs.
Here are 23 ways the proposed budget would be really bad for Global Citizens.
STATE — Cut by 28%
(1) The government will slash its support for the UN as a whole, and (2) will pay no more than 25% of the cost of UN peacekeeping operations and (3) $600 million in funding for international development banks like the World Bank. (4) Climate change programs at the UN would lose all US funding.
EPA — Cut by 31%
(5) Trump wants to stop funding literally all climate change research and (6) support for international climate change programs. (7) The same goes for the Clean Power Plan, which regulates greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. (8) Also, 3,200 jobs will be eliminated, about 20% of the EPA’s workforce.
AGRICULTURE — Cut by 21%
(9) Trump wants to eliminate loan and grant programs for water and sewage infrastructure programs in rural areas as well as (10) rural job development programs. He also wants to do away with a program that (11) distributed food aid to 2 million impoverished children in countries including Cambodia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Kenya, Laos, Malawi and Tanzania last year, according to the Washington Post.
LABOR— Cut by 21%
(13) These cuts would scale back job training programs for seniors, disadvantages youth and unemployed Americans.
HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES — Cut by 16%
(14) Trump wants to eliminate a $4.2 billion in community service programs that benefit low-income people, such as the Low Income Energy Assistance Program and the Community Services Block Grant, which goes toward fighting poverty in states and communities. (15) The proposal also suggests cutting funding for the National Institutes of Health, which funds vital research on illnesses like Zika.
COMMERCE — Cut by 16%
(16) The Minority Business Development Agency, which supports minority-owned businesses, would be eliminated, as well as as (17) grants and programs for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which oversees coastal and marine management, research and education, including research about rising sea levels in coastal communities.
EDUCATION — Cut by 14%
While “school choice” programs will see an increase in $1.4 billion, (18) funding for before-school, after-school, and summer programs — which largely benefit low-income Americans — would be slashed. (19) Also, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, which supports students with the greatest need for financial aid, will would eliminated.
HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT — Cut by 12%
(20) HUD would lose its Community Development Block Grant Program, which supports anti-poverty programs, including the popular Meals on Wheels program, which supports over 5,000 community programs that keeps senior citizens fed.
INTERIOR — Cut by 12%
(21) Budgets for programs that drill for oil and gas on public lands would be increased, while support for (22) National Heritage Areas and the National Wildlife Fund would be cut.
ENERGY — Cut by 6%
(23) The Energy Department would reduce funds for programs researching clean energy technology, like the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy and the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program.