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Here are the federal agencies and programs Trump wants to eliminate

Many other projects are likely on the president's proposed chopping block

Christopher Ingraham
Washington DC
Thursday 16 March 2017 08:43 GMT
President Donald Trump attends a meeting on healthcare in the Roosevelt Room of the White House
President Donald Trump attends a meeting on healthcare in the Roosevelt Room of the White House (Getty Images)

President Trump's budget blueprint proposes to counterbalance a $54 billion (£43.9 billion) increase in defence spending with a slew of steep cuts to discretionary spending programs, including by scrapping federal funding

Those cuts include the complete elimination of a number of agencies and programs across the federal government. They include some familiar names, like the Energy Star program and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), as well as more obscure programs that do things like fund airports in rural areas, help low-income families, fight climate change and develop clean energy technologies.

In the budget blueprint the administration asserts that many programs, like LIHEAP, are targeted for elimination because of a failure to demonstrate efficacy. Others, like the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), are being eyed for elimination due to a belief that the private sector can handle those functions better. Still others, like the Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Account, are said to be duplicative with other federal functions.

A list of agencies and programs targeted for elimination is below, with one major caveat: Many other projects are likely on Trump's proposed chopping block, as the budget blueprint refers in several places to programs targeted for elimination without specifically naming them.

Here is a list of the agencies and what they do:

21st Century Community Learning Centers: Provides funding for after-school programs for students in high-poverty areas

Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Program: Provides loans to automotive manufacturers developing fuel-efficient technologies

African Development Foundation: Invests in African businesses

Appalachian Regional Commission: Invests in projects for economic growth in the Appalachian region

ARPA-E: Funds research into new energy technologies

Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing: Provides housing assistance to low-income families

Chemical Safety Board: Investigates industrial chemical accidents

Chesapeake Bay Restoration: Provides funding for cleanup and protection of the Chesapeake Bay watershed

Community Development Block Grant: Provides housing assistance to low-income families

Community Development Financial Institutions Fund grants: Provides support to financial services in under served communities

Community Services Block Grant: Provides funding for projects that alleviate poverty

Corporation for National & Community Service: Runs AmeriCorps, City Year and other public service programs

Corporation for Public Broadcasting: Provides federal funding to local radio and television stations across the US

Delta Regional Authority: Funds infrastructure and economic programs in the Mississippi River delta region

Denali Commission: Provides economic assistance in Alaska

Economic Development Administration: Provides funding for economic development projects across the US

Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Account: Provides emergency funding for humanitarian crises around the world

Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program: Tests pesticides and other chemicals for adverse effects on humans and animals

Energy Star: Provides assistance for energy efficiency programs

Essential Air Service program: Provides funding for air transportation to rural communities

Global Climate Change Initiative: Provides financial assistance for climate change initiatives in developing countries

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative: Provides funding for cleanup and protection of Great Lakes watersheds

Institute of Museum and Library Services: Provides grants and research for libraries, museums, zoos and similar institutions.

Inter-American Foundation: Provides development assistance to Latin American countries

Legal Services Corporation: Provides legal aid to low-income Americans

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program: Assists low-income families with heating and cooling costs

McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program: Provides school meals and nutrition programs in poor countries

Minority Business Development Agency: Provides technical assistance to minority-owned businesses

NASA Office of Education: Supports STEM education initiatives

National Endowment for the Arts: Provides funding for arts projects

National Endowment for the Humanities: Provides funding for cultural institutions like universities and museums, as well as projects by individual scholars

Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation: Provides housing assistance to low-income Americans

Northern Border Regional Commission: Economic development in northern New England

Overseas Private Investment Corporation: Helps US businesses invest overseas

Senior Community Service Employment Program: Funds job training for low-income, unemployed seniors

State Energy Program: Provides funding and technical assistance for energy efficiency and clean energy

Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants program: Provides grants to improve education quality

Targeted Air Shed Grants: Provides grants for air pollution control

TIGER Discretionary Grant program: Provides funding for transportation projects across the US

Title 17 Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Program: Provides loan guarantees for new energy products

United States Institute of Peace: Works on international conflict mitigation

United States Interagency Council on Homelessness: Coordinates federal response to homelessness

US Trade and Development Agency: Promotes US exports in developing countries.

Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program: Provides funding for water infrastructure in rural areas

Weatherization Assistance Program: Provides grants for weatherising low-income homes

Woodrow Wilson International Center: Foreign policy think tank

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