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You remember Oscar the Grouch, right?  The green monster from Sesame Street who lives in a garbage can?  I always thought he was grouchy because he lived in trash.  He’s about to have another reason for being a grouch: his funding is going away.

Dictator Donald Trump released his federal budget and it’s just as bad as we suspected.

Donny wants to increase the military, Homeland Security, immigration enforcement, and the VA, that’s not really news.  But he promised to cut spending, so that doesn’t make sense, right?  Well, of course it does.  He just has to cut other areas of the budget.  Here are just a few of his proposals:

Spending on the TSA, FEMA, and national flood insurance will be reduced slightly.

EPA gets cut by $5.7 billion, or 31%.

State Department and USAID gets slashed by $25.6 billion, or 28%.

Education Department gets $59 billion cut, or 13%.

The National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (yes, the company responsible for producing Sesame Street, NPR, and the emergency radio service) get cut completely, or 100%.

There is a some hope, however.  First drafts of budgets rarely get passed without changes.  Some Republicans have voiced opposition to the budget, but it’s likely they will lose their spines when it comes to voting time, per usual.

Call your Member of Congress and Senators to voice your opposition to cutting these essential programs: 202-224-3121.

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