Starting on Day 1, Donald Trump will seek to purge the federal government of officials appointed by Barack Hussein Obama and could ask Congress to pass legislation making it easier to fire public workers. On his way out, Obama converted many of his appointees to civil servants, who have more job security than officials who have been politically appointed. Not for long, under Trump.
The Hill Staffers for the Trump transition team have been meeting with career staff at the White House ahead of Friday’s presidential inauguration to outline their plans for shrinking the federal bureaucracy. The changes they propose are dramatic.
The Departments of Commerce and Energy would see major reductions in funding, with programs under their jurisdiction either being eliminated or transferred to other agencies. The departments of Transportation, Justice and State would see significant cuts and program eliminations.
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be privatized, while the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities would be eliminated entirely. Overall, the blueprint being used by Trump’s team would reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion over 10 years.
The preliminary proposals from the White House budget office will be shared with federal departments and agencies soon after Trump takes the oath of office Friday, and could provoke an angry backlash.
The EPA and all its business-unfriendly regulations will be totally overhauled and reduced in size and scope.
The Heritage Foundation blueprint used as a basis for Trump’s proposed cuts calls for eliminating several programs that conservatives label corporate welfare programs: the Minority Business Development Agency, the Economic Development Administration, the International Trade Administration and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership. The total savings from cutting these four programs would amount to nearly $900 million in 2017.
The Education Department will be eliminated (along with Common Core) or significantly reduced with power returned to the States.
At the Department of Justice, the blueprint calls for eliminating the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Violence Against Women Grants and the Legal Services Corporation and for reducing funding for its Civil Rights and its Environment and Natural Resources divisions.
At the Department of Energy, it would roll back funding for nuclear physics and advanced scientific computing research to 2008 levels, eliminate the Office of Electricity, eliminate the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and scrap the Office of Fossil Energy, which focuses on technologies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Under the State Department’s jurisdiction, funding for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are candidates for elimination.
20 Things Donald Trump plans to eliminate or reduce in scale using:
1 Clean Power Plan Regulations to curb pollution from coal-fired power plants.
2 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Protects undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children.
3 Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents Intended to shield undocumented immigrants from deportation, but an appeals court ruling blocking the plan remains in place after a 4-to-4 tie in the Supreme Court.
4 Waters of the United States Rule intended to protect waterways and wetlands.
5 Affordable Care Act aka ObamaCare
6 Dodd-Frank Overhauled regulation of the financial industry in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.
7 Defense sequester Automatic, across-the-board spending restrictions.
8 Alternative minimum tax Aimed at making it harder for the affluent to take advantage of various tax breaks.
9 Estate tax Currently applies to only about 5,300 of the richest families.
10 Gun-free zones At military bases and at schools.
11 Paris Climate Change Agreement Commits more than 190 countries to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide.
12 North American Free Trade Agreement Trade deal signed by United States, Canada and Mexico more than 20 years ago.
13 Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade deal among the United States and several Asian countries.
14 Payments to United Nations’ climate fund
15 Education Department It is “massive, and it can largely be eliminated.”
16 Environmental Protection Agency “We are going to get rid of it in almost every form.”
17 Illegal aliens with criminal records
18 Federal funding of so-called sanctuary cities Places where local authorities have stopped cooperating with federal immigration agents.
19 Common Core Learning standards for math and English.
20 Syrian refugees Temporary ban.