Acosta Will Defend Trump’s Disastrous Labor Budget Cuts
March 6, 2018
Trump’s budget is a complete disaster. With so many cuts that would hurt Americans across the country, here’s just a few of the many cuts to the Department of Labor that Alexander Acosta will have to try and defend as he testifies before Congress.
Trump’s budget would slash $1.1 billion from the Department of Labor and job-training programs.
Bloomberg: “The White House asked Congress to cut Labor Department funding by 9 percent in fiscal year 2019, the second straight year the administration is targeting job-training programs that receive broad bipartisan support. The proposal to slash the DOL’s budget by $1.1 billion, to $10.9 billion, next year includes a $407 million reduction in spending on Job Corps centers for disadvantaged youth and $400 million in savings from eliminating the Senior Community Service Employment Program.”
Trump’s budget cuts employment programs and job training grants that serve veterans, Native Americans, disadvantaged youth, and dislocated workers.
Washington Post: “Shrink funding for Adult Employment and Training Activities, which serve veterans, Native Americans and young people who have dropped out of high school, by nearly half, from $810 million in 2017 to $490.3 million in 2019.”
Bloomberg: “The proposal to slash the DOL’s budget by $1.1 billion, to $10.9 billion, next year includes a $407 million reduction in spending on Job Corps centers for disadvantaged youth and $400 million in savings from eliminating the Senior Community Service Employment Program.”
Bloomberg: “This year’s proposal seeks significant reductions in programs implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act grants for adult, youth, and dislocated worker training. WIOA, which is administered by the Employment and Training Administration, funds 33 job-training programs across the U.S.”
Trump’s budget cuts grant funding to support those who lose their jobs in factory closures or natural disasters.
Washington Post: “Cut funding for National Dislocated Worker Grants — support for those who lose their jobs in natural disasters or factory closures — from $219.5 million in 2017 to $51 million in 2019.”
Trump’s budget would eliminate $11 million in grants for OSHA programs, including one that provides training and education on workplace safety and health hazards.
USA Today: “Here's a list of 64 proposed eliminations from the budget's Major Savings and Reforms document, described as ‘an aggressive set of actions to redefine the proper role’ of the federal government … Grants for occupational safety and health training programs: $11 million”
Safety BLR: “In order to balance out the increases, OSHA has eliminated all funding for its Susan Harwood Training Grant program, which received around $10.5 million in both 2017 and 2018. The program, established in 1978, provided 1- to 5-year competitive grants to nonprofit organizations to develop and conduct occupational safety and health training programs.”
Trump’s budget would cut nearly 13% from the office that ensures that contractors who do business with the federal government don’t discriminate.
Lexology: “As it did last year, the budget proposes significant cuts to the funds allocated to OFCCP. The proposed budget allocates to OFCCP just over $91 million, a decrease of nearly $12.7 million (or 12.5%). The budget also seeks to cut OFCCP’s headcount by 75 full-time equivalents – a reduction of more than 14% from fiscal year 2018.”
Law360: “The OFCCP is a DOL office that polices federal contractors for compliance with anti-discrimination law and policy. It directs contractors to establish a plan for complying with federal affirmative action rules and holds them to it via audits.”
Trump’s budget would cut an employment reentry program for formerly incarcerated individuals by more than 11%.
Center for Law and Social Policy: “More specifically, the budget: … Cuts Reentry Employment Opportunities (REO), a program for formerly incarcerated individuals, by more than 11 percent. This population has unique needs that must be addressed in a specialized manner.”