Trump wants to cut $107M in Hurricane Sandy relief funds

  • Trump wants to cut $107M in Hurricane Sandy relief funds

Trump wants to cut $107M in Hurricane Sandy relief funds

Congress will have to approve the package for the cuts to be made, and in sending it to Capitol Hill Mr. Trump is directly challenging Democratic leaders, who fought hard to increase domestic spending in the March government-funding deal, and who have already signaled they were unlikely to want to cooperate on new cuts.

Senior officials have strongly stated that such cuts will not impact current successful programs, but the decision has come under fire.

In reviewing the accounts, Congress has the ability to reduce dollar amounts and take items off of the list.

The White House unveiled the plan Monday evening it will send to Congress, ordering lawmakers to claw back $15 billion in funds Congress previously appropriated.

The administration said it wanted to restore the "muscle memory" for the process - and said to expect other bills in the future that would go beyond unspent money to actually cut existing spending plans. Among the 38 cuts are $4.3 billion in a vehicle technology loan program, $800 million from an Obamacare payment pilot program and more than $200 million the Obama administration earmarked for the Ebola outbreak that dissipated years ago.

President Donald Trump's administration is targeting what are called "unobligated balances" - money Congress gave to an agency that, for one reason or another, the agency did not spend.

The White House and Tea Party lawmakers upset by the budget-busting "omnibus" bill have rallied around the plan, aiming to show that Republicans are taking on out-of-control spending. The Senate could be a tougher sell - though the administration said some Senate Democrats are on record having backed similar rescission cuts before.

Democrats in the House and Senate were withholding judgment on Trump's scaled-back cuts, pending more details.

Numerous cuts are to spending that the Office of Management and Budget has deemed unnecessary, unused, or can not be used for its original objective.

Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) urged House Speaker Paul Ryan and Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, chairman of the House Appropriations committee, to "reject any attempts to rescind funds allocated for Hurricane Sandy rebuilding". "To suggest that this is the closing chapter of the rescission narrative is not accurate". They argued that it would be breaking a bipartisan budget pact just weeks after it was negotiated.

The White House's Office of Management and Budget did not immediately return an email Monday night seeking specifics on the $107 million, including if any projects on Long Island stood to receive money. Now he says he's planning to submit several different packages of spending cuts - and it's likely they'll get more conservative with each new proposal. But the cuts to the popular children's health insurance program probably could still be filibustered because they are so-called mandatory programs rather than annual appropriations.