If one thing has become clear in the first month of Donald Trump’s presidency, it’s that he plans on keeping all of his campaign promises. It’s certainly refreshing to have someone in Washington who not only talks the talk, but walks the walk as well. Typically, politicians have made an art form out of saying one thing and doing another.
Of course, being honest is sure to make you enemies in Washington, something Trump has found out quickly. However, the next time he makes good on one of his campaign promises, the hysteria is likely to reach overdrive.
From The Hill:
The White House is considering cutting funding for a series of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) programs, including several that are popular with lawmakers, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.
President Trump is considering a 24 percent reduction in the EPA’s $8.1 billion budget, with programs on the chopping block including grants for clean-up work at brownfields industrial waste sites, the Energy Star energy efficiency program, climate change efforts and funding for Alaskan native villages, according to the report.
The White House could also propose a 42 percent cut to the EPA’s Office of Research and Development.
A proposed EPA budget with the deep cuts Trump is reportedly considering would slash programming at the agency and thousands of jobs. It would be part of a $54 billion reduction in discretionary domestic spending that the White House telegraphed earlier this week.
On the campaign trail, Trump made cutting the bloated EPA one of his top priorities. According to this report, making good on that promise might not be far away.
Liberals are likely to mount fierce opposition to the move, as they claim that EPA funding is vital for protecting the environment and combating climate change. However, the EPA has deviated far from its original purpose, often imposing draconian regulations on businesses that inhibit economic growth. Even worse, the agency operates with almost no oversight from Congress, allowing unelected bureaucrats free rein to impose their overbearing ideas on the entire country.
The move is just part of Trump’s broader plan to make deep domestic spending cuts, a move that would ensure his proposal to increase defense spending doesn’t add to the national debt. While liberals will certainly make a fuss about the cuts, providing for the national defense is a legitimate function of the federal government, while their programs are often best left to the states to decide.
So far, there has been no official announcement as to when the administration plans to make the move official, but all indications are that President Trump shows no signs of slowing down.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]