On Thursday President Trump released a $1.1 trillion budget outline where he’s proposing a $54 billion increase in defense spending but corresponding cuts to non-defense spending at the State Department, Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the elimination of a number of federal programs.
The Trump administration is proposing $6.2 billion in cuts to HUD in an effort to “get rid of programs that don’t work,” according to Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Morale has been reported low among workers at HUD due to concerns of coming layoffs, but the administration has stated that “This budget reflects the President’s commitment to fiscal responsibility while supporting critical functions that provide rental assistance to low-income and vulnerable households and help work-eligible families achieve self-sufficiency,” the budget says. “The budget also recognizes a greater role for State and local governments and the private sector to address community and economic development needs.”
According to the administration, many of the grants that have been allocated towards funding anti-poverty programs and affordable housing has not been “well targeted towards the poorest populations and has not demonstrated results.”
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