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Agency programs under threat in the Trump budget

March 17, 2017 (Photo Credit: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
While the big news from the Trump administration’s budget was the agency spending cuts, the White House also proposed to outright eliminate several programs.

The Office of Management and Budget argued that many of the initiatives were either duplicative, hadn’t worked or could be better achieved by the private sector.

Here’s a look at some of the programs the president could ax in the 2018 budget:

Independent agencies

The budget calls for ending funding to 19 total agencies, including the African Development Foundation, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Delta Regional Authority, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Department of Agriculture

The USDA took a 21 percent cut in the Trump budget, thanks in part to the proposed shuttering of multiple initiatives, including the Water and Wastewater loan and grant program, Rural Business-Cooperative Service discretionary activities and the McGovern-Dole Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program.

The White House said the programs were often duplicative or could be done by other initiatives, like the Environmental Protection Agency’s State Revolving funds.

Department of Commerce

The plan calls for the curbing of the Economic Development Administration, the Minority Business Development Agency, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership program, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grant programs like Sea Grant, saving the department more than $595 million.

Department of Education

The budget axes a number of education grants, including the $2.4 billion Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants program, the $1.2 billion 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative, the $732 million Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant program and 20 categorical programs that administration officials said are either duplicative or haven’t shown evidence of impact.  

Department of Energy

The White House proposes closing several energy initiatives including the Weatherization Assistance Program and the State Energy Program, which is projected to save $2 billion next year.

The budget also calls for cutting the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, the Title 17 Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Program and the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing program in favor of private sector solutions.

Department of Health and Human Services

In addition to trimming $5.8 billion in National Institutes of Health funding by ending programs like the Fogarty International Center, the budget also calls for closing the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and the Community Services Block Grant to save $4.2 billion.

Another $403 million would come from ending nurse and health professional training programs.

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