Coast Guard Faces Budget Cuts in 2018

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin S. O’Brien, via Wikimedia Commons

Portland Press Herald: The Trump administration, searching for money to build the president’s planned multibillion-dollar border wall and crack down on illegal immigration, is weighing significant cuts to the Coast Guard, the Transportation Security Administration and other agencies focused on national security threats, according to a draft plan.

The proposal, drawn up by the Office of Management and Budget, also would slash the budget of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which provides disaster relief after hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural disasters. The Coast Guard’s $9.1 billion budget in 2017 would be cut 14% to about $7.8 billion, while the TSA and FEMA budgets would be reduced about 11% each to $4.5 billion and $3.6 billion, respectively.

Read more about the proposed budget cuts to the Coast Guard.