Budget struggles

President Trump’s budget proposal contained horrible cuts as reported by most of the media, but the budget approved by the Republican controlled congress included increases instead of cuts and President Trump signed it.

Trump called for a $4.7 billion cut to the Agriculture Department. Congress increased the department’s appropriation by $12.8 billion. Trump called for a $15 billion cut to Health and Human Services. Congress instead gave them $2.8 billion more. Trump wanted a $6.2 billion cut to Housing and Urban Development. Congress gave HUD a half-billion-dollar increase. Trump wanted the Commerce Department’s budget cut by $1.4 billion. Congress made no cut. These are only a few examples of why we’re going to be $20 trillion in debt by the end of the year.

Phil Underwood

Montoursville

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