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Trump Wants 21 Percent Cut in Labor Department Budget

March 16, 2017, 11:10 AM

The White House wants to slash Labor Department funding by nearly 21 percent, a proposal that offers the first insight into how President Donald Trump may operate the agency designed to advance workers’ welfare.

The fiscal year 2018 budget blueprint calls for $9.6 billion in discretionary spending at the DOL, down from $12.2 billion for the prior year, according to a proposal released by the White House March 16. The request, known as a “skinny budget” because it is slim on details about specific subagencies, is an indication that the White House may be waiting for advice from a confirmed ...