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Wash Post: Coast Guard, FEMA, TSA Face Trump Budget Cuts

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OMB Director Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C. (AP Photo/Tom Williams)

By    |   Tuesday, 07 Mar 2017 10:18 PM

The Trump administration is reportedly looking to help pay for a multibillion-dollar border wall with cutbacks at a slew of agencies, including the Coast Guard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Transportation Security Administration.

According to The Washington Post, an Office of Management and Budget proposal shows the Coast Guard's $9.1 billion 2017 budget slashed by 14 percent to about $7.8 billion, while the TSA and FEMA budgets would be cut about 11 percent each to $4.5 billion and $3.6 billion, respectively.

But under the plan, the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees all those agencies, will see its budget grow 6.4 percent to $43.8 billion, the Post reported.

Some $2.9 billion of the DHS money would go to building the southern border wall, with $1.9 billion funding "immigration detention beds" and other Immigration and Customs Enforcement expenses and $285 million set aside to hire 500 more Border Patrol agents and 1,000 more ICE agents and support staffers, the Post reported.

Overall, funding for ICE would grow about 36 percent to $7.9 billion, while the budget for Customs and Border Protection would increase 27 percent to $14.2 billion.

The final budget will be submitted later this month.

"OMB has always treated the Coast Guard like a little piggy bank that they can go after whenever they need money for anything else," California GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter, who oversees the House Transportation subcommittee on the Coast Guard and maritime transportation, told the Post.

"If the president is serious about getting after the cartels and getting after drug networks, this makes no sense."

At the TSA, the proposed budget cuts, first reported by Politico, would eliminate four programs considered vital to airport security, costing $187 million. 

And at FEMA, whose budgets were beefed up after the 2001 terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina, the proposed cuts would target research into bio-surveillance threats and other research and development work, slashing $361 million from the agency's $3.5 billion budget.

"Defense and security at the border are important," Nick Crossley, emergency-management director in Hamilton County, Ohio, and first vice president of the International Association of Emergency Managers, told the Post.

"But you're damaging the national system that makes us the strongest country when it comes to being prepared for disasters."

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