Trump's 2021 budget keeps ignoring the climate crisis

Grant Boone
February 13, 2020

That would put the Trump administration at odds with the remaining Democrat presidential hopefuls, all of whom have proposed to vastly expand federal spending, setting up a fight over spending as America heads into the 2020 election.

The Trump administration has submitted to Congress its 2021 budget proposal, a $4.8tn plan which has no chance of passing into law and is instead a purely political exercise, created to put daylight between the Republican president and whichever Democratic candidate he will face at the polls in November. But that amount - $25 million - is a quarter of what Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the administration was willing to spend to respond to the novel coronavirus outbreak.The top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee cautioned against the cuts in a statement Monday night."While I welcome the President's efforts to cut wasteful government spending, we must ensure that cuts don't result in higher costs to taxpayers down the road", said Rep. Michael McCaul, specifically referencing efforts to "support vital global health and food security programs."The committee's chair, Rep. Eliot Engel of NY, was more emphatic, tweeting a photo of a recycling bin and writing, "The White House should save some trees rather than sending us a budget that's headed straight here."Even when Republicans controlled the House, Trump's State Department and USAID budget requests were roundly rejected".

Amid the cuts, Trump is calling for an extra $57.8 million for vocational rehabilitation, an amount that is specified by law for inflation. Even that would be unlikely if the budget ever went into effect, since it would require the USA economy to grow at 3% for five years, a rate it has not hit since Trump took office. Democrats control the House, and an election is on the horizon. "We're cutting $4,800 to send American artists to a poetry festival in Finland.and $10,000 to support the Muppet Retrospectical in New Zealand", another official said.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., added that the proposal shows "just how little he values the good health, financial security, and well-being of hard-working American families".

Ohio's Democratic Senator, Sherrod Brown, criticized $75 billion in cuts to Social Security disability insurance. Trump proposes continuing his effort to "rebuild" the USA military by investing heavily in defense spending - $740.5 billion in the next fiscal year - including the creation of Space Force.

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The operation allowed the American and West German spies to monitor Iran's mullahs during the 1979 hostage crisis at the U.S. Judge Niklaus Oberholzer is due to report back by the end of June, after which the Swiss cabinet will be briefed.

Most Republican presidents have released budgets they say would balance the budget within a decade, though this is the third consecutive plan released by the White House that fails to reach that goal.

Within the Pentagon's competing priorities, the request for nuclear weapons modernization funds rose 18 percent compared to a year ago or 29 billion US dollars extra dollars, a second senior defense official said. Inflation was running at 2.3% in the United States in the year to December 2019, according to data published in January by the Labor Department.

Get our best delivered to your inbox. That's less than the US has funneled into War on Terror spending since 2001. And yes, the cuts do include the Ag Department.

Trump's wish list includes a $700bn increase over federal spending in 2018and represents as clear a statement of Republican priorities as the administration is likely to produce.

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