President Trump Plans Big Cut in Domestic Spending

With Cuts to Domestic Spending, Fewer Families Receiving Housing Assistance

A February 27, 2017, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) blog post highlights “Trump Plans Big Cut in Domestic Spending.”

The Center’s Sharon Parrott writes,

“President Trump’s plans to raise defense funding by $54 billion in 2018 and cut non-defense discretionary (NDD) spending — which funds key priorities like education and job training, clean water, scientific and medical research, veterans’ medical care, and homeland security — by the same amount would lower NDD funding by 11 percent below this year’s level. The additional $54 billion cut would come on top of sequestration cuts that are already scheduled to take full effect in 2018 under the 2011 Budget Control Act.”

Parrott continues, “Moreover, the cuts in most NDD programs compared to 2017 alone will likely be significantly larger than the 11 percent overall funding reduction.”

NDD United was established in response to the Budget Control Act of 2011, which placed austere caps on federal spending for all discretionary programs through 2021 and set the stage for sequestration starting in 2013.

With so much at stake for so many programs, NDD United brought together for the first-time hundreds of stakeholders from across the non-defense discretionary (NDD) sectors to call for a balanced approach to deficit reduction.

After sequestration took effect in 2013, NDD United released a report detailing the impacts of the budget cuts titled: Faces of Austerity: How Budget Cuts Make Us Sicker, Poorer, and Less Secure.

Following the release of the report, Senator Patty Murray and Congressman Paul Ryan reached an agreement to partially and temporarily patch sequestration under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013.

This deal granted some partial and temporary sequestration relief, but the full impact of the cuts returns in 2016 as the Ryan-Murray deal expires and so, NDD United is once again joining forces with supporters to call for an end to sequestration.

Writes Parrott, “Cuts in NDD in 2018 and beyond could result in further degradation in customer service at the Social Security Administration and delays in benefit processing, more undetected tax fraud due to IRS staff shortages, fewer preschoolers attending Head Start and workers getting job training, fewer poor families receiving housing assistance, and less funding to states and localities for services ranging from education to law enforcement.”

Fewer people receiving housing assistance means that the number of households experiencing homelessness in New Jersey will increase.

CBPP Budget Report

NDD United

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