Trump Plans to Cut Federal Agencies
to Increase Military Spending
At the State Department this means laying off more than 25,500 people
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, by Adam Edelman, Tuesday, February 28, 2017
What about the jobs?
President Trump's proposed deep spending cuts to the federal agencies charged with leading U.S. diplomacy, foreign aid and environmental protection will all but certainly result in massive layoffs across several federal departments.
Officials familiar with Trump's budget proposal say it calls for slashing by 37% the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development budgets, as part of the President's plan to pay for increased military spending.
In the current fiscal year, the State Department and USAID received a total budget of $50.1 billion, which amounted to slightly more than 1% of the total federal budget.
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A massive cut in the range of 37% would require reductions in staff, including security contractors at diplomatic missions abroad.
Trump, who has said he would be "the greatest jobs producer that God ever created," is also thought to be set on cutting 24% from the Environment Protection Agency budget, which experts have said would result in the department laying off at least 20% of its employees.
White House officials are proposing a $6.1 billion budget for the EPA for the next fiscal year, a $2-billion cut from the current level, according to reports.
Experts have said that at the EPA alone those cuts were likely to result in staffing levels falling to 12,000 (from 15,000 employees) — putting staffing levels at the organization at their lowest levels in more than 30 years.
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And at the State Department, which currently employs at least 69,000 people, cuts could leave tens of thousands more without jobs.
According to the department's website, the agency employees 11,000 people within the civil service, 13,000 people in the Foreign Service, with another 45,000 people worked as locally employed Foreign Service staffers abroad, many of whom work on a contract basis.
If the department simply shed 37% of its payroll, that would mean laying off more than 25,500 people.
At his campaign announcement in June 2015, and at countless other times on the campaign trail and since being elected, Trump vowed he "will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created."
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But if his imminent budget proposal is any indication, that grand proclamation doesn't apply to tens of thousands of federal employees.