Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts Critical Programs Impacting LGBTQ People
If enacted into law, the president’s proposal would devastate federal safety net programs, eliminate health care for millions of Americans (including those living with HIV), and undercut civil rights protections in the U.S. and human rights protections abroad. Here what's on the chopping block:
- •MedicaidBefore delivering his detailed budget, the president endorsed the House-passed legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which included $839 billion in cuts to Medicaid. The FY18 budget takes austerity to a new low by requesting another $600 billion in cuts by placing a ceiling on federal Medicaid funding to states.
- •Centers for Disease Control and PreventionThe administration is proposing a $1.2 billion reduction in funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a $186 million - or 20 percent -- cut to the agency’s prevention efforts for HIV, hepatitis, STIs and tuberculosis. While paying lip service to the need to address the HIV epidemic, the administration actually plans to reduce activities around testing, support services for persons living with HIV & prevention services.They also proposed curtailing PrEP prevention projects.
- •National Institutes of HealthThe president’s attack on the nation’s health extends to research as well. He proposed gutting research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $6 billion, with $838 million taken from the Institute focused on finding a cure for HIV. The proposal so thoroughly defunds science that former CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden tweeted that the cuts advocated by the administration “would increase illness, death.”
- •Planned ParenthoodAs expected, the administration’s FY18 submission would block Planned Parenthood from receiving reimbursement for services under the Medicaid program. But this proposal goes even further by barring the organization from participating in any federal health programs. This would dramatically impact access to reproductive health services, as well as HIV testing and counseling to prevent sexual assault.
- •Employment ProtectionsThe budget contains a plan to eliminate the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and place responsibility for federal contract oversight with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) -- ignoring the significant differences in expertise and mission. The EEOC would not be given any additional funding to address its own backlog of complaints let alone subsume the responsibilities of OFCCP. The OFCCP is responsible for enforcement of LGBTQ non-discrimination protections.
- •Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International DevelopmentThe budget threatens to end U.S. leadership on human rights and health and humanitarian assistance abroad, which will have an enormous impact on LGBTQ people who face threats and violence around the world. With almost 30 percent of the overall funding slashed at the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development, Trump's budget would severely harm our ability to help refugees, people living with HIV & AIDS, and those fighting for human rights.
- •United NationsVoluntary contributions by the U.S. to the United Nations, which vaccinates nearly half the world's children and provides food to 80 million hungry people across the globe, would be completely eliminated. Funding for peacekeeping has been slashed by 37 percent, which could lead to deadly destabilization in already vulnerable parts of the world, places where LGBTQ people are especially at risk.
- •Development Assistance AccountThe proposal would also eliminate the Development Assistance account, which funds democracy and human rights programs around the world and helps LGBTQ organizations to build their capacity and change hearts and minds in their communities. The budget cynically claims to fold this crucial funding tool into the Economic Support and Development Fund, but cuts that fund and decimates it even further in coming years.
- •Migration and Refugee Assistance ProgramsMigration and refugee assistance programs would see a jaw-dropping 83 percent cut for this year, when more refugees need our help than at any time since World War II. This would directly harm LGBTQ people who are trying to flee state-sanctioned violence in places including Chechnya, Uganda and Bangladesh.