President Donald Trump released a $1.1 trillion budget outline Thursday that makes good on a series of campaign promises, including cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by about one-third in an attempt to “shrink the role of government.”
Even though the budget is not complete, meaning it does not include revenue projections, the US-Mexico border wall cost is included in projections. According to Mulvaney, the budget will include a request for $1.5 billion as the first installment payment for Trump's promised wall and then another installment of $2.26 billion in 2018.
Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, described the proposal as a "hard power budget" in a briefing with reporters, pointing out that the Trump administration will prioritize defense spending over diplomacy and foreign aid.
The federal government will be dramatically restructured, slashing EPA funds by 31%, State Department by 28%, and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by 13.2%, while phasing out funding completely for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts and the United States Institute of Peace, among others. The proposal would also reduce funding for multinational organization like the World Bank by $650 million.
Mulvaney defended cutting funding for agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency. Specifically regarding climate change, Mulvaney said, "we're not spending money on that anymore," and that it is "a waste of your money."