Dem: Trump will thrust country into ‘a new Dark Ages’

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Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) on Thursday raised warnings about a report that President-elect Donald Trump’s administration is planning major cuts to several federal programs.

“On the eve of the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, I fear that America will soon be thrust into cultural and societal deterioration, a new Dark Ages,” Cohen said in a statement. 

Staffers for the Trump transition team have been meeting with career staff at the White House to outline their plans for shrinking the federal bureaucracy, The Hill reported Thursday

{mosads}Under the proposed changes, the departments of Commerce and Energy would see major reductions in funding, with programs under their jurisdiction either being eliminated or transferred to other agencies.

The departments of Transportation, Justice and State would see significant cuts and program eliminations.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be privatized, while the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities would be eliminated entirely.

The blueprint being used by Trump’s team would reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion over 10 years.

Cohen in his statement pointed to the president-elect’s plans to eliminate the Minority Business Development Agency and the Legal Services Corporation. Both of those programs, he said, “help minority groups participate in the American dream.”

“Trump plans to eliminate the COPS program and the Office of Violence Against Women Grants, both of which help fight crime in our communities,” he continued.

“Trump plans to eliminate the National Endowment of the Arts and the National Endowment of the Humanities, both of which support the cultural participation in America.”

Cohen emphasized the importance of the programs to people across the country.

“Many of these programs are essential to my constituents and for the health, safety and well-being of people all across the country,” he said.

“If they are eliminated, there will be far-reaching negative consequences for the country, setting us back decades. I implore President-elect Trump to preserve these programs.”  

Cohen announced he will boycott Trump’s inauguration Friday after Trump attacked Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.).

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