The White House is planning to eliminate funding for arts, public broadcasting and legal services to cut domestic spending, the New York Times reported late Friday.
The Times obtained an internal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) memo containing a “hit list” of programs to be axed, according to the report.
Several programs on the draft list are longtime conservative targets. The list includes: the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Americorps, the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities, the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Export-Import Bank, among others.
Cutting the programs listed on the memo would save about $2.5 billion, the Times reported. The Congressional Budget Office projects that the government will spend $4 trillion in 2017.
The memo was circulating at OMB on Tuesday, before Mulvaney’s confirmation, the Times reported.
OMB plans to finalize the list of programs to be axed by March 13, the report said.
The Senate on Thursday confirmed Mick Mulvaney to lead OMB in a slim 51-49 votes. Republican Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) joined all Democrats and Independents in opposing him.
The South Carolina Republican was a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, a band of firebrand conservatives responsible for derailing legislation that promote education.
Mulvaney has a reputation for being an unapologetic fiscal conservative who would seek to bolster the military and cut entitlement programs. It was a prospect that excited Republicans and concerned Democrats.