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Trump Team Prepares Government Spending Cuts

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By    |   Thursday, 19 Jan 2017 03:19 PM

Trump's administration staff is preparing to cut government spending by $10.5 trillion over 10 years, according to The Hill

Plans include privatizing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities, according to The Hill.

At the Department of Justice, cuts would include eliminating the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Violence Against Women Grants, and the Legal Services Corporation. It would reduce funding to the civil rights and environment and natural resources divisions, according to the Hill report.

At the State Department, funding for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the Paris Climate Change Agreement, and the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will possibly be eliminated, The Hill reported.

Two members of Trump's transition team that are discussing cuts at the White House budget office are Russ Vought, a former aide to Vice President-elect Mike Pence, and John Gray, who worked for House Speaker Paul Ryan when Ryan ran the House Budget Committee.

Vought and Gray are laying a 175- to 200-page document about the priorities of the Trump administration. The document is expected within 45 days of the inauguration, and preliminary proposals will be shared with departments and agencies after Trump takes office Friday, the Hill report said.

Trump said during the campaign that he would not cut Medicare and Social Security. Rep. Tom Price, his choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, said that pledge has not changed.

South Carolina Republican Rep. Mick Mulvaney, Trump's pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget, plans to address the budget if he gets confirmed.

"He wants to make significant, fundamental changes to the structure of the president's budget, and I expect him to do that with Vought and Gray putting the meat on the bones," a source told The Hill.

"The Trump administration needs to reform and cut spending dramatically, and targeting waste like the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities would be a good first step in showing that the Trump administration is serious about radically reforming the federal budget," former Rand Paul staff member Brian Darling said in the Hill report.

"The arts are an easy target," Washington Post writer Phillip Kennicott said.

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