Trump Wants To Completely Eliminate the Following 19 Federal Agencies
AmeriCorps members cleanup a South Carolina neighborhood following Hurricane Matthew last October. AmeriCorps is one of 19 federal agencies that would be completely eliminated by President Trump’s budget. (AP Photo/Mike Spencer)
by Michael John Scott
Trump’s first budget increases defense spending by $54 billion, the Washington Post reports. As part of paying for that, Trump proposes totally eliminating 19 federal agencies—though the budgets for those agencies combined amount to only 5.7% of the proposed spending increase. One of those agencies helps needy folk in the heart of coal country, a curious fixation of Herr Trump’s.
Here are the 19 federal agencies that will disappear if Trump’s budget is approved, including their 2016 budget and what they do:
- Corporation for Public Broadcasting ($445 million): Funds local public television and radio stations, including PBS and NPR.
- National Endowment for the Arts ($148 million): Funds after-school programs, art shows, musical productions, and more as part of its goal of getting Americans involved in the arts, according to Quartz.
- Northern Border Regional Commission ($8 million): An economic development agency for New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, according to USA Today.
- Chemical Safety Board ($11 million): Investigates and makes safety recommendations following chemical accidents at federal facilities.
- Legal Services Corporation ($385 million): Provides free legal advice to low-income Americans, funding more than 9,000 full-time legal staff.
- National Endowment for the Humanities ($148 million): Provides scholarships in literature and culture.
- United States Institute of Peace ($35 million): A federal think tank with 300 employees that focuses on conflict resolution.
- United States Interagency Council on Homelessness ($4 million): Federal agency tasked with responding to and reducing homelessness.
- Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars ($11 million): Provides scholarships in social sciences and humanities.
- Denali Commission ($20 million): An economic development agency for Alaska.
- Inter-American Foundation ($22 million): Promotes “citizen-led grassroots development” in Latin America and the Caribbean.
- Delta Regional Authority ($25 million): An economic development agency for eight states in the Mississippi Delta region.
- African Development Foundation ($30 million): Encourages economic development in Africa.
- US Trade and Development Agency ($60 million): Promotes US transportation, energy, and telecommunications exports.
- Overseas Private Investment Corporation ($83 million): Promotes private investment from US in the developing world.
- Appalachian Regional Commission ($146 million): Works to improve the economy in Appalachia, according to Politico.
- Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation ($175 million): Also known as Neighborworks America, it helps affordable housing programs.
- Institute for Museum and Library Services ($230 million): Funds 35,000 museums and 123,000 libraries around the country.
- Corporation for National & Community Service ($1.1 billion): Also known as AmeriCorps, it coordinates and promotes community service around the country.
Edited from Newser.
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