It’s a long way from the day when President Donald Trump said he would make a deal to end the nation’s economic woes, and yet it’s exactly what the country needs.
Trump’s budget released Monday would slash the federal government’s funding to the Environmental Protection Agency by almost a third, leaving it with a budget of $12.4 billion less than the $25.6 billion the agency received in 2016.
And a federal court this week ordered the EPA to begin the process of cleaning up its mess.
The EPA is expected to release its budget and plan for 2019 on Wednesday.
The budget would be the first in a series of big changes to the EPA’s budget that are expected to cut nearly $1 trillion from the agency’s operations and cause the agency to lose almost $200 billion a year in revenue.
“The cuts to the agency will leave it in a financially weak position for years to come,” said James Kelleher, a former EPA administrator who is now a professor at the University of Michigan.
“We need a long-term, strategic plan that puts the agency on a more sustainable path.”
A lot of these cuts have been made over the past few years.
The EPA was created in 1990 and has seen its budget reduced by $4.2 billion a decade.
It has also had to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to address pollution in the atmosphere and water.
In 2019, the agency is slated to report a $16 billion deficit.
To date, Trump has called for a “total budget reduction of $1.3 trillion” and “the elimination of $800 billion in government spending.”
In his budget proposal released Monday, Trump called for reducing EPA spending by $800.5 billion.
Trump also proposed slashing the number of federal employees by nearly 10 percent.
He called for eliminating the EPA and the Department of Housing and Urban Development by more than 9 million people.
It’s unclear how many of these job cuts will actually go into effect.
Under the Trump budget, the EPA would continue its work on the Clean Water Rule, which would make it harder for coal mining companies to pollute waterways, and it would also end the Clean Power Plan, which was implemented under President Barack Obama.
The plan also includes $1 billion to expand a program that allows low-income communities to build solar panels to help pay for electric bills.
Still, the budget’s cuts to EPA programs and staff could affect the agency even more, according to the Center for Media and Democracy.
In an email, CEED, a liberal advocacy group, said the proposed cuts could affect how many employees the agency can hire and how much they can spend on research and development.
That’s especially worrisome because Trump has also proposed cutting funding for the EPA on a daily basis over the last year.
That’s especially troubling because Trump’s proposed cuts to federal spending could affect his proposed budget, which is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, said David Riehl, the group’s executive director.
When it comes to climate change, Trump’s spending cuts have caused a huge outcry from climate advocates, who have argued that the cuts would hurt the planet and threaten the lives of people living near the coasts.
And the president has made his plans clear in his budget proposals.
In an interview with The New York Times earlier this month, Trump said the EPA will continue to “focus on reducing the emissions of carbon dioxide” by 25 percent by 2025.
He also said the agency would continue to spend $300 million on renewable energy projects.
Riehl noted that many people who are affected by these cuts will be low-wage workers and that it will likely take them years to see their wages rise.
What does this mean for the states?
The EPA has said it plans to continue working on the rules, which were adopted to protect the health of the nation and to fight climate change.
But it also said that Trump’s cuts would be “very disruptive to the economy.”
If the EPA is forced to close, Trump says the agency should have more flexibility to address its needs.
The agency is also under pressure from the states to implement the regulations.
The states have threatened to sue the EPA over its decision to withdraw the Clean Waters Rule and the Clean Air Act.
Meanwhile, some of the EPA workforce will likely be leaving in the next few years, according the Congressional Research Service.
Trump has repeatedly called for an EPA administrator to be selected by 2020.