Monday, June 17, 2019

Trump to slash EPA funding to fuel U.S. war machine

“Most federal agencies will see a reduction as a result.”

Image credit: Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Benjamin A. Lewis/RELEASED

In his first budget proposal as president, Donald Trump seeks to slash funding to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and State Department to boost military spending by $54 billion.

“This budget will be a public safety and national security budget,” Trump told state governors at the White House. “It will include an historic increase in defense spending to rebuild the depleted military of the United States of America at a time we most need it.”

Despite Trump’s claims that the U.S. military is depleted, our military is already the world’s most powerful fighting force, and we spend more on our defense budget than the next seven countries combined, to the tune of about $600 billion.

An official with the Office of Management and Budget reportedly said Trump’s proposal will take the $54 billion from domestic programs, foreign aid and the State Department budgets.

The EPA and its climate programs are particularly at risk.

“Most federal agencies will see a reduction as a result,” the official said.

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