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The White House is considering eliminating funding for arts, public broadcasting and legal services to cut domestic spending, according to the New York Times.
The Times reported late Friday that it obtained an internal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) memo containing a “hit list” of programs that could be axed.
Reportedly on the list: the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Americorps, the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities, the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Export-Import Bank, among others.
Cutting the programs listed on the memo would save about $2.5 billion, the Times reported. The Congressional Budget Office projects that the government will spend $4 trillion in 2017.
The Senate on Thursday confirmed Mick Mulvaney to lead OMB in a slim 51-49 votes. Republican Sen. John McCainJohn McCainMcCain: Trump admin must fill State Dept. jobs McCain says he hasn't met with Trump since inauguration Overnight Defense: General warns State Department cuts would hurt military | Bergdahl lawyers appeal Trump motion | Senators demand action after nude photo scandal MORE (Ariz.) joined all Democrats and Independents in opposing him.
The memo was circulating at OMB on Tuesday, before Mulvaney’s confirmation, the Times reported.
OMB plans to finalize the list of programs to be axed by March 13, the report said.
Several programs on the draft list are longtime conservative targets. Then-Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and House Republicans went after funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities in the mid 1990s, drawing major pushback at the time.
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