New 2019 budget cuts education

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On March 11, 2019, President Donald Trump published his new 2020 budget proposal, which included funding for the Mexican border wall. The money for the wall will mostly come from cuts to other departments like the EPA, HUD, NASA, and the departments of Education, Agriculture, and Science. The new budget faces opposition from many sides due to the fact that these cuts could drastically change people’s lives.

On March 11, 2019, President Donald Trump published his new 2020 budget proposal, which included funding for the Mexican border wall. The money for the wall will mostly come from cuts to other departments like the EPA, HUD, NASA, and the departments of Education, Agriculture, and Science. The new budget faces opposition from many sides due to the fact that these cuts could drastically change people’s lives.

The budget cuts made to the Department of Education come to a total of 62 billion dollars. In other words, that’s 12% of their entire spending. This is the third time in a year that the Trump administration has planned to cut resources for the Education department. Programs that will get affected if the budget was to get put in action would be the after school program for low income students, the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, and a few more in between. Not only will primary and secondary students be affected, post-secondary programs will feel the cuts as well. The majority of these cuts will affect low income students due to these programs mainly helping with the funding or financing of students’ college careers. Students who receive free lunch during school might not even get to enjoy it anymore because that program is at risk of being cut, too.

The savings earned by these cuts would be sent to other departments. The military spending is scheduled to expand by 5% and an additional $8.6 billion for the purpose of building a border wall along the US and Mexico. The increase is more than what was anticipated and asked for.

On the other hand, other programs whose budget will increase are the defense department ($80.1B), the department of homeland security ($5.5B), and the department of health and human services ($9.4B). As for all the social security departments, an estimate of $26 billion will be cut from the budget in the next ten years. Although it was undecided for awhile, two other programs whose budget will also decrease in the next decade Medicaid ($1.5T) and Medicare ($845B).

Many other members of the White House say that they will not take the budget seriously and that the budget “isn’t a priority for 2020,” while others believe that the budget is setting the United States for decline.  The budget seeks to cut more than two dozen programs, including a after-school programs and lunches for many low-income students. It would eliminate higher-education programs. According to The New York Times, “the budget would not balance for 15 years, breaking Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign promise to pay off the entire national debt within eight years.”

Although the cuts have not gone into effect, if they do, they will surely leave a lasting impact on the American economy and FLC.

The budget cuts made to the department of education comes to a total of 62 billion dollars. In other words, that’s 12% of their entire spending. This is the third time in a year that the Trump administration has planned to cut resources for the education department. Programs that will get affected if the budget was to get put in action would be the after school program for low income students, the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, and a few more in between. Not only will primary and secondary students be affected, post-secondary programs will feel the cuts as well. The majority of these cuts will affect low income students due to these programs mainly helping with the funding or financing of students’ college careers. Students who receive free lunch during school might not even get to enjoy it anymore because that program is at risk of being cut, too.

The savings earned by these cuts would be sent to other departments. The military spending is scheduled to expand by 5% and an additional $8.6 billion for the purpose of building a border wall along the US and Mexico. The increase is more than what was anticipated and asked for.

On the other hand, other programs whose budget will increase are the defense department ($80.1B), the department of homeland security ($5.5B), and the department of health and human services ($9.4B). As for all the social security departments, an estimate of $26 billion will be cut from the budget in the next ten years. Although it was undecided for awhile, two other programs whose budget will also decrease in the next decade Medicaid ($1.5T) and Medicare ($845B).

Many other members of the White House say that they will not take the budget seriously and that the budget “isn’t a priority for 2020”, while others believe that the budget is setting the United States for decline.  The budget seeks to cut more than two dozen programs, including a popular after-school program for many low-income students. It would eliminate higher-education programs. According to The New York Times, “the budget would not balance for 15 years, breaking Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign promise to pay off the entire national debt within eight years.”

Although the cuts have not gone into effect, if they do, the cuts will surely leave a lasting impact on the American economy.

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