19 ‘Money Pit’ Agencies on Trump’s Chopping Block

President Trump proposed a budget blueprint that would eliminate 19 federal agencies

19 ‘Money Pit’ Agencies on Trump’s Chopping Block
By J. Allen Tharp

By J. Allen Tharp

Common sense and fiscal sanity have been lacking in Washington, D.C., for so many years that we are now surprised to see even the smallest shreds of fiscal sanity there. Here are a few developments over the last week that provide us with some hope that maybe at least a modicum of change may finally come to Washington.

Last week the Senate confirmed Seema Verma as administrator of the Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) by a vote of 55 to 43. Verma coauthored a letter with HHS Secretary Tom Price addressing Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. The letter was sent to every governor and recommended that states put new requirements on Medicaid recipients such as working, paying premiums, and making emergency room copayments.

President Trump proposed a budget blueprint that would eliminate 19 federal agencies if adopted by Congress. Below is a list of these agencies as published in the National Review:

  1. The African Development Foundation, which funds African agriculture, infrastructure, and community development projects with grants.
  1. The Appalachian Regional Commission, which funds projects meant to bolster businesses, education, culture, and economic development in Appalachia.
  1. The Chemical Safety Board, which investigates accidents in the chemical industry and makes safety recommendations.
  1. The Corporation for National and Community Service, which houses several public service organizations, including AmeriCorps.
  1. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds public television and radio stations including PBS and NPR.
  1. The Delta Regional Authority, which funds businesses and infrastructure in the Mississippi River Delta region.
  1. The Denali Commission, which supports utilities and infrastructure in Alaska.
  1. The Institute of Museum and Library Services, which funds U.S. museums and libraries with grants.
  1. The Inter-American Foundation, which provides financial aid to Latin America and the Caribbean.
  1. The U.S. Trade and Development Agency, which provides U.S. goods and services for foreign development projects.
  1. The Legal Services Corporation, which provides civil legal aid for low-income Americans.
  1. The National Endowment for the Arts, which funds American artists and projects through grants.
  1. The National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds American scholarship through grants.
  1. The Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, which funds community development projects throughout the U.S.
  1. The Northern Border Regional Commission, which supports economic development in poor areas near the Canadian border.
  1. The Overseas Private Investment Corporation, which helps provide private U.S. capital to foreign development projects.
  1. The United States Institute of Peace, which aims to promote world peace through conflict resolution, training programs, and scholarships.
  1. The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, which coordinates efforts to fight homelessness among nearly 20 federal agencies.
  1. The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a prominent think tank studying international affairs and foreign policy.

Allen Tharp is President of the San Antonio Tea Party.


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Allen is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the San Antonio-based Allen Tharp LLC and the Olde England’s Lion & Rose, as well as a minority partner in a chain of quick-service chicken restaurants called Golden Chick. It is noteworthy that Allen’s endeavors provide approximately 1,000 local jobs to San Antonians and pump almost $30 million into the local economy annually.
Having worked for over 27 years with the restaurant industry, he has served as a liaison for government and legislative affairs, as a speaker at various restaurant industry conferences, and is an active member of the president’s forum within his industry’s professional association. Mr. Tharp holds a B.A. degree in political science.

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