The Trump administration Tuesday proposed a sweeping $15.4 billion package of spending cuts that slices across 10 federal departments, ranging from children’s health insurance to public housing programs.
Most of the White House requests affect money that’s been authorized to be spent but hasn’t been paid out. The Office of Management and Budget released a "special message" that targets $15.4 billion in budget authority, which is what the government is authorized to spend.
But the cuts would actually decrease federal spending by just $3 billion in outlays, the OMB said.
The White House’s 41-page request serves as the opening bid with congressional leaders to use an obscure federal law to slash spending from the ever-growing federal deficit. It doesn’t affect a massive omnibus spending bill passed by Congress earlier this year but the administration has promised it will be targeted next.
The White House has said none of the proposed cutbacks would affect current programs, focused entirely on unspent dollars from previous years.
But Democrats are already pouncing on Trump's planned cuts to the low-income kids‘ health program, just months before the midterms.
The request now goes to the House Appropriations Committee, which will have 25 calendar days to craft its own bill before other House members can act on their own to bring up rescissions legislation. If the House passes a bill, it would be taken up next by the Senate, where prospects are regarded as slimmer. Rescissions bills require only a simple majority for passage, though.
“With a national debt exceeding $21 trillion, every member of Congress should support rescinding these unspent, sometime egregious, but obviously unnecessary funds that are simply sitting in the coffers of federal agencies," White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney said in a statement.
Included in the White House’s proposed reductions:
— $10 million from the Environmental Protection Agency
—$150 million from the Corporation for National and Community Service
— $52 million from the Millennium Challenge Corporation
— $148 million from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
— $656 million from the Natural Resources Conservation Service
— $42 million from the Rural Housing Service
— $50 million from the Rural Business-Cooperative Service
— $50.2 million from the Rural Utilities Service
— $16 million from the Forest Service
— $30 million from the Economic Development Administration
— $4.3 billion from the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program
— $683 million from the Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Program
— $6.96 billion from the Children’s Health Insurance Program
— $800 million from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation
— $220 million from “Departmental Management” expense fund
— $40.8 million from Public and Indian Housing Programs
— $106 million from Legal Activities and U.S. Marshals
— $22.9 million from the Employment and Training Administration
— $30 million from the Complex Crises Fund
— $252 million from U.S. AID, for the Ebola outbreak response
— $179.1 million from the Federal Highway Administration
— $53.4 million from the Federal Railroad Administration
— $46.5 million from the Federal Transit Administration
— $53 million from the Treasury Forfeiture Fund
— $22.7 million from the Community Development Financial Institution Fund
— $151 million from Capital Magnet Fund, Community Development Financial Institutions
— $133 million from the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Extended Benefits program