Budget Cuts Under Trump Administration Vast and Deep

The American people are in for a new world when it comes to Washington, DC. The Republicans will control the political agenda with the presidency, and both houses of Congress. The Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has an incredible list of proposed budget cuts that are bound to outrage liberals wherever they may be.

Here is the list of Republican cuts. Two obvious deletions are Social Security and the military. It is a long list.

* Corporation for Public Broadcasting Subsidy – $445 million annual savings.
* Save America’s Treasures Program – $25 million annual savings.
* International Fund for Ireland – $17 million annual savings.
* Legal Services Corporation – $420 million annual savings.
* National Endowment for the Arts – $167.5 million annual savings.
* National Endowment for the Humanities – $167.5 million annual savings.
* Hope VI Program – $250 million annual savings.
* Amtrak Subsidies – $1.565 billion annual savings.
* Eliminate duplicating education programs – H.R. 2274 (in last Congress), authored by Rep. McKeon – Eliminates 68 at a savings of $1.3 billion annually.
* U.S. Trade Development Agency – $55 million annual savings.
* Woodrow Wilson Center Subsidy – $20 million annual savings.
* Cut in half funding for congressional printing and binding – $47 million annual savings.
* John C. Stennis Center Subsidy – $430,000 annual savings.
* Community Development Fund – $4.5 billion annual savings.
* Heritage Area Grants and Statutory Aid – $24 million annual savings.
* Cut Federal Travel Budget in Half – $7.5 billion annual savings
* Trim Federal Vehicle Budget by 20% – $600 million annual savings.
* Essential Air Service – $150 million annual savings.
* Technology Innovation Program – $70 million annual savings.
*Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program – $125 million annual savings..
* Department of Energy Grants to States for Weatherization – $530 million annual savings.
* Beach Replenishment – $95 million annual savings.
* New Starts Transit – $2 billion annual savings.
* Exchange Programs for Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Their Historical Trading Partners in Massachusetts – $9 million annual savings
* Intercity and High Speed Rail Grants – $2.5 billion annual savings.
* Title X Family Planning – $318 million annual savings.
* Appalachian Regional Commission – $76 million annual savings.
* Economic Development Administration – $293 million annual savings.
* Programs under the National and Community Services Act – $1.15 billion annual savings.
* Applied Research at Department of Energy – $1.27 billion annual savings.
* Freedom CAR and Fuel Partnership – $200 million annual savings.
* Energy Star Program – $52 million annual savings.
* Economic Assistance to Egypt – $250 million annually.
* U.S. Agency for International Development – $1.9 billion annual savings.
* General Assistance to District of Columbia – $210 million annual savings.
* Subsidy for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority – $150 million annual savings.
* Presidential Campaign Fund – $775 million savings over three years.
* No funding for federal office space acquisition – $864 million annual savings.
* End prohibitions on competitive sourcing of government services.
* Repeal the Davis-Bacon Act — More than $1 billion annually.
* IRS Direct Deposit: Require the IRS to deposit fees for some services it offers such as processing payment plans for taxpayers to the Treasury instead of allowing it to remain as part of its budget – $1.8 billion savings over ten years.
* Require collection of unpaid taxes by federal employees – $1 billion total savings.
* Prohibit taxpayer funded union activities by federal employees – $1.2 billion savings over ten years.
* Sell excess federal properties the government does not make use of – $15 billion total savings.
* Eliminate death gratuity for members of Congress.
* Eliminate Mohair Subsidies – $1 million annual savings.
* Eliminate taxpayer’s subsidies to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – $12.5 million annual savings.
* Eliminate Market Access Program – $200 million annual savings.
* USDA Sugar Program — $14 million annual savings.
* Subsidy to Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) – $93 million annual savings.
* Eliminate the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program – $56.2 million annual savings.
* Eliminate fund for Obamacare administrative costs – $900 million savings.
* Ready to Learn TV Program – $27 million savings.
* HUD Ph.D. Program.
* Deficit Reduction Check-Off Act.


Although all the cuts will never happen, isn’t it just a good thing Washington is beginning to wake up to the need to cut spending and begin to pay back the $20 trillion dollar national debt? It will be the first test of an all-Republican majority in Washington.

Dwight L. Schwab Jr. is a moderate conservative who looks at all sides of a story, then speaks his mind. He has written more than 3500 national political and foreign affairs columns. His BS in journalism from the University of Oregon, with minors in political science and American history stands him in good stead for his writing.


Dwight has 30-years in the publishing industry, including ABC/Cap Cities and International Thomson. His first book, “Redistribution of Common Sense – Selective Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014,” was published in July, 2014. “The Game Changer – America’s Most Stunning Presidential Election in History,” was published in April 2017.


Dwight is a native of Portland, Oregon, and now a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area.