WASHINGTON - President Trump's administration proposed 2020's federal budget on Monday, requesting major cuts to many departments.
The biggest cut of all would be to the Environmental Protection Agency. The budget seeks to slash the EPA's budget by 31 percent, or $2.8 billion. The cut is in line with 2019's proposed cuts, which Congress never approved. The EPA's budget has remained relatively stable under Trump.
The budget requested a 16.4 percent, or $8.6 billion cut for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. That includes getting rid of the Community Development Block Grant program and improvement money for affordable public housing.
The adminstration seeks to cut the budget for the Labor Department by 9.7 percent, or by nearly $11 billion. The plan is to save money on unemployment insurance benefits by eliminating potential fraud or abuse in the program. The job corps program, which trains disadvantaged youth, would be reorganized, and centers that aren't producing results would be considered for closure.
Other notable highlights: Lowering funding for the Department of Agriculture by 15 percent, adding $33 billion for the Department of Defense, adding $291 million toward ending the spread of HIV in the U.S., setting aside $750 million to establish a paid parental leave program, cutting $845 billion over the next decade from Medicare, cutting social security funding by $26 billion over the next 10 years, allocating $8.6 billion for border sanctions, and eliminating student loan forgiveness and subsidized student loans over the next 10 years.
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