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Trump's next budget hopes to eliminate some federal agencies

Trump's next budget hopes to eliminate some federal agencies Photo: AP.

July 07, 2017 07:39 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration aims to further tighten its grip on spending.

The administration has put out a memo that calls for eliminating some federal agencies and cutting government jobs as part of the fiscal 2019 budget.

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Budget director Mick Mulvaney wrote in the memo Friday that the goal is "ensuring that the federal government spends precious taxpayer dollars only on worthwhile policies."

Mulvaney says the 2019 budget will be a "comprehensive plan" to reduce the number of government workers and merge or terminate federal agencies. An executive order signed in March by President Donald Trump sought such a plan.

The guidance follows on Trump's 2018 budget proposal initially outlined in March. That blueprint seeks to sharply reduce spending for Medicaid, food stamps and student loan subsidies, among other programs.

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By JOSH BOAK

(Copyright 2017 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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