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U who voted 4 "business-savvy" Trump. . . *PIC*

Posted By: LongGone
Date: Wednesday - April 11,2018 21:03

(NY Times) . . . Congress simply ignored the budget submitted by the president just a few months earlier. As the chart below shows, many agencies that Mr. Trump sought to dramatically downsize instead were rewarded with increases.

Indeed, every cabinet department and significant agency got a spending increase, many of them substantial.

A flotilla of Trump targets – including the Internal Revenue Service, the Census Bureau and the National Institutes of Health – also received raises. An extra $1 billion was allocated for rural airports and another $1 billion went into the Highway Trust Fund. New programs were also created; a plan to bring high-speed internet to rural areas received $600 million. And on and on.

And then there were the agencies and programs that Mr. Trump wanted to eliminate altogether. Not a single one ended up on the chopping block, and many saw their budgets increase:

Community Development Block Grants
National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Humanities
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Food for Peace
U.S. Trade and Development Agency

Particularly noteworthy was the resolution of the impasse of the Gateway rail tunnel to connect Manhattan with New Jersey. Led by Senate minority leader Charles E. Schumer, the Democrats wanted $900 million appropriated to begin work; Mr. Trump wanted zero.

Outcome: Mr. Schumer gets $540 million, enough to tide the project over until the next round of budget discussions.

“I’m getting tired of all this winning,” Matt House, Mr. Schumer’s communications director, tweeted.


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