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Trump Budget Takes Fight to Regulators

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Trump Budget Takes Fight to Regulators

03.17.17 06:47 AM

As Congress and President Trump have worked to roll back several government expansions of the Obama Administration using legislative procedure and executive order, the new Administration’s first budget provides a roadmap for even greater “deconstruction of the administrative state.” In stark contrast to the last administration, the new budget takes on some of Washington’s most sacred cows and reduces total discretionary spending by $2.7 billion compared to spending enacted under President Obama last year. Trump’s plan would slash $54 billion from the federal government’s bloated regulatory agencies by reducing unnecessary staff and ending some of the worst taxpayer-funded programs like the Department of Energy’s Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program, the Transportation Security Administration’s Behavior Detection Officer Program, and the Department of State’s Global Climate Change Initiative. Overreaching federal regulators must be held to account for their economic malpractice. While the government-knows-best budgets of the Obama Administration funded a takeover of private retirement savings, prohibitions on American workers choosing flexible job schedules, and attempts to kill the sharing economy, this budget scales back the job-killing Department of Labor by $2.5 billion. Trump’s budget also cuts $1.7 billion from the Department of Energy, which in little more than a decade has transitioned […]

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