How huge? To the tune of $10.5 trillion, according to financial estimates.
The Hill, citing both named and unnamed sources, said staffers with the Donald Trump transition team have been meeting with various career workers at the White House to discuss how best and fastest to put the shrink on Big Government. And what they’ve come up with is dramatic.
In the works, according to the Hill: Big reductions in spending at the departments of Energy and Commerce, including outright eliminations of some programs; reductions in spending at the departments of Transportation, Justice and State; and the privatization of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
And the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities?
Gone, completely eliminated, the Hill reported.
Taxpayers, get ready for some burdens to be lifted. The expected savings for these reductions translate into about $10.5 trillion over 10 years.
And the Trump team may have the Heritage Foundation to thank for the proposals.
From the Hill:
“The proposed cuts hew closely to a blueprint published last year by the conservative Heritage Foundation, a think tank that has helped staff the Trump transition.
“Similar proposals have in the past won support from Republicans in the House and Senate, who believe they have an opportunity to truly tackle spending after years of warnings about the rising debt.
“Many of the specific cuts were included in the 2017 budget adopted by the conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC), a caucus that represents a majority of House Republicans. The RSC budget plan would reduce federal spending by $8.6 trillion over the next decade.
“Two members of Trump’s transition team are discussing the cuts at the White House budget office: Russ Vought, a former aide to Vice President-elect Mike Pence and the former executive director of the RSC, and John Gray, who previously worked for Pence, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) when Ryan headed the House Budget Committee.
“Vought and Gray, who both worked for the Heritage Foundation, are laying the groundwork for the so-called skinny budget — a 175- to 200-page document that will spell out the main priorities of the incoming Trump administration, along with summary tables. That document is expected to come out within 45 days of Trump taking office.
“The administration’s full budget, including appropriations language, supplementary materials and long-term analysis, is expected to be released toward the end of Trump’s first 100 days in office, or by mid- to late April.”
Trump’s picks for his Cabinet haven’t even been fully informed of the dramatic cost-saving plan, the Hill reported.
Some of the specifics, as reported in the Hill, could include these roll-backs, as taken from Heritage Foundation policy recommendations:
“At the Department of Justice, the blueprint calls for eliminating the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Violence Against Women Grants and the Legal Services Corporation and for reducing funding for its Civil Rights and its Environment and Natural Resources divisions.
“At the Department of Energy, it would roll back funding for nuclear physics and advanced scientific computing research to 2008 levels, eliminate the Office of Electricity, eliminate the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and scrap the Office of Fossil Energy, which focuses on technologies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
“Under the State Department’s jurisdiction, funding for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are candidates for elimination.”