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White House: Trump calling for $15 billion in recessive spending to be rescinded

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Trump at the GOP debate. (Jan. 14, 2016/FOX Carolina) Trump at the GOP debate. (Jan. 14, 2016/FOX Carolina)

The White House Press Secretary said President Trump is protecting American tax dollars by calling for rescissions.

 “Our moral duty to the taxpayer requires us to make our government leaner and more accountable,” President Trump stated in the news release.

President Trump is proposing the largest single rescissions request in history, calling for more than $15 billion in excessive spending cuts.

The White House said Trump is committed to “use every tool at his disposal to rein in out-of-control Federal spending.”

Many of the cuts are to spending that the Office of Management and Budget has deemed unnecessary, unused, or cannot be used for its original purpose.  Some of the funds were appropriated years ago but have never been used.

Funds in President Trump’s proposed rescissions package include:

  • $4.3 billion from the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program, which has not made a loan since 2011. 
  • $523 million from the Title 17 Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Program, which had its authority to make new loan guarantees lapse in 2011.
  • $800 million from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, which is in excess of the funds needed in fiscal years (FY) 2018 or 2019 and will receive a new appropriation of $10 billion in 2020. 
  • $252 million in excess funds remaining from the 2015 Ebola outbreak response, an epidemic the World Health Organization declared to be over in 2016. 
  • $133 million from the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Extended Benefits program that expired in 2012. 
  • $148 million from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, including funds for outbreak response for disease incidents that have been resolved.

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