The proposed budget for 2018 calms all fears that President Trump is not a true conservative.
The president has unveiled his Taxpayer First budget for fiscal year 2018. The budget is designed to roll back unnecessary programs, reduce the debt, and encourage continued economic growth. The budget also uncovered about $300 billion that was being wasted on unauthorized programs, according to the White House.
Trump is required by law to submit a budget for Congress to consider, but all spending is ultimately determined by Congress. However, Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney has discovered almost a dozen programs that were not authorized by Congress.
Trump has yet to announce which unauthorized programs are wasting $300 billion in taxpayer money. An analysis by The Daily Wire has uncovered 11 programs marked in the budget for termination because they have not been authorized in years.
The president’s budget will eliminate two programs from the Department of Commerce. The Economic Development Administration cost taxpayers $251 million in this year’s budget despite the fact that the program has not been authorized by Congress since 2008.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Grants and Education program will also be getting reduced funding. The NOAA’s mission is to research the atmosphere and oceans, but the administration was wasting millions funding special interest groups through unauthorized grants. The program will be rolled back so the NOAA can focus on their core mission.
Community Services Block Grants issued by the Department of Health and Human Services cost taxpayers $714 million per year. The funds are distributed to over 1000 non-profit and community organizations. However, the program has been unauthorized since 1981, and the effectiveness of the grants has never been tested. The program is scheduled for termination.
At least four programs from the Department of Housing and Urban Development have been targeted for elimination in the proposed budget. This is not surprising, since a recent audit by Secretary Ben Carson uncovered $500 billion in fraud and waste.
The Community Development Block Grant has doled out almost $150 billion since it started in 1974, yet the program has never proven to have any positive impact. The Indian Community Development Block Grant was designed to fund affordable housing for American Indians, but it is replicated elsewhere in the budget. Both programs will be eliminated.
Choice Neighborhoods and the Self-Help and Assisted Homeownership Opportunity Program Account will also be eliminated as they are also unauthorized. The two housing programs cost almost $200 million combined.
President Trump is cutting unnecessary spending out of the budget. Do you support him?
The Department of Transportation’s National Infrastructure Investments program was originally created under Obama’s 2009 stimulus package. The program funds local projects without any national or regional purpose, and it has not been authorized since 2015.
Finally, Trump is planning to eliminate the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program. The Justice Department program was intended to reimburse local governments for the costs of detaining and arresting criminal illegal immigrants. However, the funds are not required to be spent on criminal illegal immigrants, and New York and California receive a major portion of the funds.
Trump is committed to reducing spending. Instead of fighting with Congress to remove existing programs, he is able to save billions by ending funding for unauthorized programs.