Skip to comments.Boom: Trump eyes 10% spending cuts, 20% slash of federal workers
Posted on 01/17/2017 7:58:01 AM PST by Hojczyk
Making good on a promise to slash government, President-elect Trump has asked his incoming team to pursue spending and staffing cuts.
Insiders said that the spending reductions in some departments could go as high as 10 percent and staff cuts to 20 percent, numbers that would rock Washington if he follows through.
At least two so-called "landing teams" in Cabinet agencies have relayed the call for cuts as part of their marching orders to shrink the flab in government.
The cuts would target discretionary spending, not mandated programs such as Medicare or Social Security, the sources said.
The spending reductions are expected to be used to help pay for Trump's plan to boost the Pentagon's budget, tax cuts and some pet projects, potentially including the anti-immigration wall on the nation's southern border.
The teams also are looking at staffing cuts over four years through attrition, a hiring freeze and reorganization.
The plan is winning cheers in conservative, anti-tax and anti-spending corners in Washington that have long sought massive cuts in the bureaucracy.
Presidents rarely cut spending, choosing freezes instead. In the meantime, federal spending has reached 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.
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About time someone took this head on!
The aging federal work force means a hiring freeze will have a major impact in just two or three years—the trick is to stick to it.
Trump’s hostile takeover may well save this flailing government and out future.
Knowing how Trump negotiates, if he can get 10%, he’ll begin to negotiate for more.
I certainly hope this comes to fruition. The government is too big, too expensive, too intrusive, too oppressive, too intrusive and too damn corrupt. Slash it!
“Anti immigration wall?” Wrong? I had to look twice to see what publication from which this came. It is not anti immigration. It’s anti ILLEGAL immigration.
As for the budget cuts, we all know that the REAL cuts aren't in discretionary spending, the REAL cuts have to go against NON-DISCRETIONARY spending, the biggest parts of the Federal Budget. That means Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, etc..
Cutting Discretionary Spending is really nothing more than "trimming around the edges." It's good to do it, but those cuts aren't going to be anywhere meaningful enough to get the deficit and debt back down as they simply aren't large enough.
let them try to pull that “smaller increase is a cut” horse$hit with Trunp.
This is incredibly important. get rid of the Leftist dead wood.
Will make all those theatre and womens studies degrees that landed government service jobs regret not going STEM.
Kinda makes you think that if Jack Welch were a decade younger, Trump would name him to head up the OMB.
Q: How many federal employees work in DC?
A: About half, LOL!
Tell me again, Bill Kristol, how he’s nothing like Reagan.
I hope the 10% is actual spending cuts and not “cuts” from proposed spending.
Re-arranging chairs on the Titanic. The only thing that will work is closing down WHOLE DEPARTMENTS. Otherwise, the next president will just expand the gov’t workforce again.
Come on, Trump. Don’t waste your opportunity for REAL change!
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