As he promised, President Trump is busy looking for areas of the federal government budget where he can cut expenditures and reduce personnel. This is in fact a tall order, considering that the Obama administration issued thousands of new regulations and added TRILLIONS of dollars into the national debt.
But that isn’t stopping Trump from introducing a new budget with proposed cuts. He is looking to tighten the budgets of other agencies in order to offset his planned increase in defense spending of $54 billion. And guess who’s first in the line of bloated budgets to be eliminated?
The EPA being at the top of his chopping block list. His cuts would amount to a 25% reduction for the EPA budget and a staff reduction of 18%, according to the Washington Post.
The Hill reported:
The EPA and agency chief Scott Pruitt did not fight the 25 percent cut the White House proposed in its first budget draft last month, Axios reported Tuesday, and officials are now considering cutting the agency’s $8.1 billion budget even further.
In talks with the administration, Pruitt only fought proposed cuts to the agency’s clean-up budget, something he told a group of mayors earlier this month. Instead, the ax looks set to fall hardest on EPA’s climate change programs, with the staff there expected to leave the agency. Pruitt has repeatedly challenged the scientific consensus on human-caused climate change, saying he doesn’t believe carbon-dioxide is a major factor driving it.
“[EPA employees] just have to deal with it, because this was coming,” one person told Axios.
But given Pruitt’s acceptance of the rest of Trump’s budget plan, the administration is looking to cut the agency’s budget and its regulatory programs even deeper than before, according to the report.
While there’s clearly a need for an EPA, they issued over 4,000 new regulations under Obama’s administration, adding an additional $1 trillion in regulatory costs (over ten years), according to the American Action Forum.
Sam Batkins, director of the American Action Forum regulatory policy broke it down in terms of costs for every American:
“In other words, each year every person, regardless of age, in the nation is responsible for paying roughly $540 in regulatory costs. These burdens might take the form of higher prices, fewer jobs, or reduced wages.” That comes out to a cost of $3,080 per household.
But Trump’s planned 25% EPA budget cut would reduce costs back to the 1970s “in inflation adjusted terms.”
If Trump could manage to do this to every other government agency across the board, that would save Americans a huge amount of money which would be be a miraculous accomplishment! And America would be made great again!
Source: Allen B West