As promised, President-elect Donald Trump started making moves to slash government and asked his incoming team to pursue federal spending and staffing cuts.
According to insiders, the spending reductions in some departments could reach up to 10 percent and staff cuts to 20 percent, numbers that would rock Washington.
Cabinet agencies and their ‘landing teams’ have relayed the call for cuts as part of their marching orders to shrink the flab in government.
The reductions would mainly target discretionary spending, not mandated programs such as Medicare or Social Security.
Overall, the blueprint being used by Trump’s team would reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion over 10 years.
Presidents don’t usually prefer spending cuts. They choose freezes instead, leading to federal spending reaching historic levels. Trump has picked a budget hawk, Rep. Mick Mulvaney, to head the Office of Management and Budget, a clear sign that spending cuts are a top priority.
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.
However, this plan is expected to receive strong opposition from Democrats and federal unions who consider much of the federal workforce on their side.
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