Donald Trump administration proposes more than $10 trillion in budget cuts over 10 years

New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: Jan 22, 2017, 01:00 PM IST

After vanquishing 16 party rivals, Donald Trump on Tuesday secured the party's 2016 nomination for the White House. Photograph:(Getty)

The Hill has reported that Trump's team is proposing more than $10 trillion in budget cuts over the next ten years. 

The departments of Commerce and Energy would either see programs under their umbrella eliminated, transferred to other agencies or have their budget majorly reduced, The Hill reports. The Transportation, Justice and State departments would also see significant cuts or programs abolished.

A Trump administration would privatise the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and abolish both the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowments for the Humanities, The Hill reports.

The proposed cuts adhere to a reported issued last year by the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank working along the Trump transition team.

The Heritage Foundation describes their mission: "To formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense."

The Trump administration's full budget is expected to be released by mid- to late April. While it is vital in setting policy and providing a broad picture of their agenda, approval will be up to Congress. There is expected to be considerable blowback from some Republicans and Democrats.

The Hill reports that more proposed programs to eliminate at the Department of Justice include: The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Violence Against Women Grants and the Legal Services Corporation. Cuts or fund reductions would be in line for Civil Rights and its Environment and Natural Resouces division, The Hill Reports.

Meanwhile at the Department of Energy, nuclear physics and advanced scientific computing research would be reduced to 2008 levels, the Office of Electricity would be eliminated, as would the Office of Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy and the Office of Fossil Energy, which is aimed at decreasing carbon dioxide emissions, The Hill reports.

Some other candidates for programs up for elimination include: The Paris Climate Change Agreement and the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, The Hill reports.

Running the Energy Department under a Trump administration will be noted climate change denier and former governor of Texas, Rick Perry, who is replacing nuclear physicist, Ernest Moniz.

Earlier in December, a survey with 74 questions sent by the Trump transition team to the Energy Department sought to know the names of individual workers and contractors who had attended UN climate meetings, as well as the names of those who had attended meetings on the social cost of carbon, Reuters reported. The department refused to divulge this information. 

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said at the time that the questionnaire was not "authorised" and that the person who sent it had been "properly counselled", but didn't explain what consequences they faced, or why a team member apparently took it upon himself to learn which civil servants were engaged in projects a Trump administration appears hostile towards.

A White House spokesman at the time, Josh Earnest, said the questionnaire "could have been an attempt to target civil servants".