UPDATED 1:40 PM PT — Monday, February 10, 2020
The White House has unveiled a $4.8 trillion budget proposal for 2021. The proposal includes $590 billion in non-defense spending and $740.5 billion in defense spending. It also lays out a plan to eliminate the federal budget deficit over the next 15 years.
The White House wants to cut funding next year at the Commerce Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Health & Human Services, the Education Department, the USDA, the State Department and the Labor Department.
The proposal also includes several ways to reduce the costs of Medicaid and Medicare, including work requirements. The White House left a blank for a prescription drug pricing plan, which signals an openness to work with Congress.
— Adonis Albright (@AdonisAlbright) February 10, 2020
The Trump administration also proposed removing the Food and Drug Administration’s authority to regulate tobacco products as part of the president’s 2021 budget request. It would make the Center for Tobacco Products, which currently oversees regulation, its own independent agency.
The president said the new agency, “would have greater capacity to respond strategically to the growing complexity of new tobacco products.”
Last year, White House Domestic Policy Council head Joe Grogan hinted that the president was looking into the move. He made the following comments on the issue:
“When I was in the Bush administration this conversation started — I said this is a moronic idea. FDA regulates drugs that help people and you balance safety and effectiveness. It regulates devices which help people and you balance whether or not they are safe and effective. This stuff is awful. Tobacco has no redeeming qualities and it shouldn’t be regulated by a health agency like this.
President Trump said the new agency would also oversee the sale and regulation of e-cigarette products.
President Trump’s budget sets the right priorities:
-Funds the wall
-Supports our military
-Cuts wasteful foreign aid
-Enacts work requirements for welfare recipients
Most importantly, it sets us on a path to a balanced budget.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) February 10, 2020
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