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Trump budget seeks to boost defense spending, slash State Department and EPA

PBS NewsHour

White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney speaks with reporters during a daily press briefing Feb. 27 at the White House in Washington, D.C. Photo by REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst. President Donald Trump's budget proposal would boost spending for defense, border security and law enforcement while making major cuts from a number of domestic government programs, including the State Department and the Environmental Protection Agency -- a plan that reflects promises from the campaign and early in his presidency to make the government cheaper and more efficient. The proposal asks Congress for a $54 billion increase for the Pentagon -- 10 percent more than its budget last fiscal year -- and a 6 percent boost for the Department of Homeland Security, which includes $2.6 billion for Trump's promised wall along the Mexican border, a signature campaign promise. To offset that spending, Trump is seeking a 28 percent cut in State Department funding, much of it from foreign aid, along with large reductions from the Environmental Protection Agency. The Congressional Budget Office projected a $488 billion deficit in the next spending year.


Trump's pick for budget director has urged big spending cuts

PBS NewsHour

WASHINGTON -- Republican Rep. Mick Mulvaney, President-elect Donald Trump's choice as his budget director, is a fierce deficit hawk with a record of pushing deep spending cuts across the federal government to balance the budget. Trump wants SC Rep. Mick Mulvaney to be his budget director Trump wants SC Rep. Mick Mulvaney to be his budget director The 49-year-old from South Carolina, just re-elected to a fourth term, is a co-founder of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus that pushed former Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, from power. As director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, Mulvaney would be responsible for Trump's budget submissions to Congress. Those budgets are likely to address Trump's campaign promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act, cut taxes broadly and boost spending on public works and other projects. If confirmed by the Senate, Mulvaney would lead an office that coordinates federal regulations, putting him in charge of repeals of Obama administration rules.


CBO: Trump's budget would result in a $720B deficit

FOX News

WASHINGTON – A new government analysis of President Donald Trump's budget plan says it wouldn't come close to balancing the federal ledger like the White House has promised. Thursday's Congressional Budget Office report says that Trump's budget, if followed to the letter, would result in a $720 billion deficit at the end of 10 years instead of the slight surplus promised. CBO said Trump's budget would reduce the deficit by a total of $3.3 trillion over 10 years instead of the $5.6 trillion deficit cut promised by the White House. The nonpartisan scorekeeper estimated that deficits in each of the coming 10 years will exceed the $585 billion in red ink posted last year. CBO says that Trump relied on far too optimistic predictions of economic growth and that Trump's rosy projections are the chief reason his budget doesn't balance as promised.


Why Mick Mulvaney Is So Disgustingly Good at Working for Donald Trump

Slate

While many of his colleagues in Trump world have been racking up personal indignities, Mick Mulvaney has has been busy racking up job titles. Last week, the White House announced that the former congressman from South Carolina would become the president's acting chief of staff, replacing John Kelly, who is slated to step down at the end of this year after enduring about a year and a half in the world's most crushing babysitter's gig. This will be Mulvaney's third high-profile assignment within the administration. He joined as director of the Office of Management and Budget, a position he technically still holds and will retain in name, while handing over its actual responsibilities to an underling. Until recently, he also served as acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, where he was largely responsible for undermining its stated mission of protecting consumers from financial services companies.


Trump's pick for budget director has urged big spending cuts

Los Angeles Times

Republican Rep. Mick Mulvaney, President-elect Donald Trump's choice as his budget director, is a fierce deficit hawk with a record of pushing deep spending cuts across the federal government to balance the budget. The 49-year-old from South Carolina, just reelected to a fourth term, is co-founder of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus that pushed former Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) from power. As director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, Mulvaney would be responsible for Trump's budget submissions to Congress. Those budgets are likely to address Trump's campaign promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act, cut taxes broadly and boost spending on public works and other projects. If confirmed by the Senate, Mulvaney would lead an office that coordinates federal regulations, putting him in charge of repeals of Obama administration rules.