White House Cuts 15 Billion, What Should Be Done With It
Donald Trump has found $15 billion in stupid spending approved by Congress and has given the House 45 days to fix it.
The formal request is expected to be made today and it’s the largest individual request from a President since 1974. Of the billions in spending that Trump wants cut, most of it should be viewed as “uncontroversial” because it’s less a spending cut, and more of a tightened belt of unspent funds from expired programs. That is, the money was already approved years ago to be spent now, but is no longer necessary.
The real question is why rotten Congressmen are only too happy to commit to years worth of funding and never going back to check their work.
Of the $15 billion, $7 billion is supposed to come from expired programs from the Child Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) that aimed to reimburse expenses to states in 2017. According to a White House official,
“This is not a situation where [we are] making a proposal that would harm [CHIP] in any way.”
Another massive cut is concerned with another expired program, whose funds were set aside years ago for technology loans. But, since the program has not handed out loans for years, their funding should no longer be filled.
As well, money set aside to deal with the 2014 Ebola outbreak will be cut, thanks to the work of the medical community that stopped it from spreading.
Other programs include an expired fund for railroads, and unspent money for “innovations” associated with mixing and matching Medicare and Medicaid under Obamacare. The Obamacare funding, thanks to jokes like McCain, is flush enough that the program already has enough money to last for years, so they don’t need any more right now.
More To Attack in 2018 Budget
After taking care of these expired moneyholes, the Trump Administration wants to work on a more permanent solution to rescind funding from the yearly discretionary (defense and non-defense) spending bill.
While the previous list of programs are ones that were passed years ago but hung on, Trump also wants his (unconstitutional) right to enjoy a line-by-line veto on the next Budget. While he won’t get the line-by-line approval, he’s looking for other ways to push back against spending. After all, Trump relies on Congress to fund his programs, and he can’t live up to his promises without Congress looking to play ball.
For now, this should be a compromise. Saving billions is worth the time for any Republican, and even the House Freedom Caucus’ Rep. Warren Davidson thinks it’s “better than nothing.” Alison Acosta Winters of the Americans for Prosperity group praised it as a a way to “start repairing some of the damage” caused by Washington.
But, Democrats being Democrats, they’re trying to spin the news that Trump is removing unused funds from CHIP to say that he wants children to be dying in the streets:
“Let’s be honest about what this is: President Trump and Republicans in Congress are looking to tear apart the bipartisan CHIP, hurting middle-class families and low-income children, to appease the most conservative special interests and feel better about blowing up the deficit to give the wealthiest few and biggest corporations huge tax breaks.”
Thanks for that, Chuck Schumer. Now get Maxine Waters on the horn to talk about how it’ll hurt black Americans who suffer from racism before she heads back to her $6 million mansion for the weekend.
White House Payroll Down Millions
With the switch to the Trumps instead of the free wheeling Obama family, ready to spend your money on whatever staffers they want, the White House is estimated to save more than $22 million over the first four years in payroll alone.
The big differences come from a few factors. For one, Donald is refusing to take a salary, and he is doing away with the “policy czars” preferred by Barack Obama. As well, Melania’s office is much tinier than Michelle’s. Melania’s spokeslady Stephanie Grisham routinely speaks to the press and most of Melania’s remaining staff are there to held with communication, correspondence and getting to events on time. In all, Melania has five staff all with salaries between $79,000 and $179,000 where Michelle had twenty-four.
In total, there are 110 fewer employees in the Trump White House than there were in the Obama White House.
Source: The Hill