Trump Seeks $2.5B Cut For DOL Budget

By Vin Gurrieri (March 16, 2017, 7:32 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Labor's funding would be scaled back by 21 percent to $9.6 billion under a 2018 budget proposal unveiled Thursday by the White House, cutting deeply into job training programs for senior citizens and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The cuts to the labor department are part of a budget blueprint by the Trump administration that calls for lower discretionary funding for nearly every federal agency to cover a $54 billion increase in defense spending.

"These cuts are sensible and rational," President Donald Trump said in a message to Congress that was attached to the proposed budget. "Every...

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