Posted: March 28, 2017


President Trump issued his proposal for the Federal budget on March 16, 2017. The proposal makes deep cuts to key social service programs, many that are delivered through nonprofit organizations. Many nonprofits have launched advocacy efforts to ensure their US Representatives understand the importance of programs that are on the President’s list to be cut.

President Trump’s Proposed Budget for Discretionary spending (in billions). Note: Numbers may not add due to rounding. Totals are shown for fiscal years, which begin in October. They reflect base budget levels for each department, which do not include supplemental money for disaster relief, emergencies or additional war spending.

Source: New York Times, March 17, 2107.

The Trump budget proposal would also eliminate funding for nearly 20 smaller independent agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Corporation for National and Community Service, which runs AmeriCorps. Under those agencies are numerous programs like the Community Development Block Grants, which, in part, funds Meals on Wheels, Striving Readers, Teacher Quality Partnership, the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, Impact Aid and a number of environmental programs.

The budget outlines only proposals for discretionary spending and does not include tax proposals or other revenue ideas. It also does not include interest payments on the federal debt or so-called mandatory spending on large programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

The President’s budget is a starting point and any cuts would have to be made through the congressional appropriations process. It is in the “sausage making” that the changes will happen. Some Republicans are already on record to make changes to the President’s budget. Democrats retain significant leverage in crafting legislation and can still block bills they oppose in the Senate. Congress will take up the discussion on the federal budget in April.

TAKE ACTION: Nonprofits have the best pulse on the needs of communities across Oregon. NAO encourages all nonprofits to use their knowledge and voice to talk to their elected representatives. Make clear your priorities and the importance of programs that serve Oregonians through your work. You can find a complete list of the Oregon Congressional delegation here.