Friday, 17 March 2017

Trump wants to axe 19 federal agencies — here's what they all do

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President Donald Trump's administration released its first budget on Thursday, with proposals to slash federal funding.

The budget proposes to completely cut off funding to 19 federal agencies — amounting to around $3 billion dollars — including the well-known National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the AmeriCorps program. 

The proposed budget deals with discretionary spending, and must pass through the Republican-controlled Congress before it can be enacted. 

Here are the 19 federal agencies that will get the axe if Trump's budget passes:

SEE ALSO: Here are the biggest winners and losers in Trump's first budget

Corporation for Public Broadcasting

2017 budget: $445 million

PBS and NPR are part of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and could take a massive hit if Trump's budget passes Congress. However, The Washington Post reports that the CPB is only a small part of NPR and PBS's funding, so the budget cuts would primarily affect local public news outlets, which receive 90% of the CPB $445 million budget. 


Corporation for National and Community Service

2017 budget: $1.1 billion

The Corporation for National and Community Service has a budget of $1.1 billion, and it's the largest program Trump's budget will cut. 

Americorps, the program established by the Clinton Administration that engages over 80,000 people in service initiatives across the US each year, is housed within the Corporation for National and Community Service.

More than 1 million Americorps members have contributed more than 1.4 billion hours of service since 1993. Americorps runs programs like City Year, that place volunteers into schools across the country that need the assistance. 


National Endowment for the Arts

2017 budget: $148 million

The NEA supports and promotes artists across the US. It was launched over 50 years ago by President Lyndon B. Johnson, and has made more than 128,000 grants during that time, totaling $5 billion.

The NEA has been a controversial program since the mid-1990s when conservative groups pressured Congress to cut funding after grants were provided to controversial and highly regarded artists like photographers Robert Mapplethorpe and Andres Serrano. 

"Piss Christ," a 1987 photograph by Serrano depicting a crucifix submerged in urine, continues to be cited by conservatives as a reason to cut funding to the NEA.


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