WASHINGTON — It still needs Congressional approval, but as proposed, President Donald Trump’s federal budget would have a big impact on the D.C. area.
In order to direct a huge new influx of money toward the military and the border wall with Mexico, the budget includes major funding reductions elsewhere, including cuts of 21 percent for the Agriculture and Labor departments, 29 percent for the State Department, and 31 percent for the Environmental Protection Agency.
“Just about every agency that’s targeted for cutbacks is either headquartered in Washington or has a major presence in the region,” Stephen Fuller, professor of public policy at George Mason University, told WTOP.
“I think the threat is that we could lose as many as 15,000 federal jobs in 2018 if this were implemented,” said Fuller, who studies economic trends in the region. “It could be higher. I have an upper range to the forecast of just under 25,000.”