Tuesday, 25 April, 2017

Democrats Beg Trump Not Gut The Coast Guard's Budget

President Trump will gut Coast Guard, TSA, FEMA to pay for his border wall, immigrant roundups LoBiondo Blasts Trump Administration's Reported Proposed Cuts to Port Security, CG Operations
Garry Little | 10 March, 2017, 00:29

The proposed cut for the Coast Guard budget is 14 percent - $9.1 billion budget in 2017 would be cut to about $7.8 billion.

As a candidate, Trump pledged to slash the size of the federal government, though as president he has proposed increasing the budget of the Department of Defense by more than $50 billion.

Money for these programs and others would instead be diverted to beefing up the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as well as building the wall on the southern border with Mexico.

The border wall was a major focus of President Donald Trump's campaign, but he also ran on protecting the United States against terrorism.

Trump promised to make Mexico pay for the wall during his presidential campaign, but Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has repeatedly said his country will not pay for it. TSA and FEMA budgets would be reduced by about 11 percent each to $4.5 billion and $3.6 billion, respectively, the Post said. At the same time, the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees all three of them, would somehow grow 6.4 percent to $43.8 billion.

Democrats slammed President Trump on Wednesday for reportedly considering major funding cuts to national security for USA airports, train stations and ports, saying it would make the country more susceptible to terrorist attacks.

"And you have President Trump talking about national security, criminal networks", the California lawmaker stated. The cuts would reportedly eliminate four programs that cost the agency $187 million and have been considered, according to The Washington Post, "a vital piece of airport security and for preventing a repetition of the September 11, 2001, hijackings after planes are aloft".

Included in the proposed cuts is canceling a contract for a "national security cutter" (big boat with weapons), and "deactivating" Maritime Security Response Teams (MSRT) that are actually keeping Americans safe and protecting national security.

He closed his inauguration speech by vowing, "together, we will make America strong again".

Despite his misgivings, DeSantis said he looked at the Pentagon and "I think Trump has been right when he's pointed to some of these programs that have just gone way over budget".

The Hill reported back in January that the Trump White House is taking its cues on which federal agencies will get the axe from the Heritage Foundation's budget blueprint. "It would be premature for us to comment - or anyone to report - on the specifics of this internal discussion before its publication", said OMB spokesman John Czwartacki, as reported by CNN.

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