Donald Trump is ready to take an ax to government spending. Overall, the blueprint being used by Trump’s team would reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion over 10 years. The proposed cuts hew closely to a blueprint published last year by the conservative Heritage Foundation, a think tank that has helped staff the Trump transition.
The White House budget office has drafted a hit list of programs that President Trump could eliminate to trim domestic spending, including longstanding conservative targets like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Legal Services Corporation, AmeriCorps and the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities.Work on the first Trump administration budget has been delayed as the budget office awaited Senate confirmation of former Representative Mick Mulvaney, a spending hard-liner, as budget director.
President Trump released a $4.8 trillion budget proposal on Monday that
includes a familiar list of deep cuts to student loan assistance,
affordable housing efforts, food stamps and Medicaid, reflecting Mr.
Trump’s election-year effort to continue shrinking the federal safety