Trump takes a gamble in cutting programs his base relies on

President Donald Trump's proposal on Thursday for deep cuts to the budgets of a broad swath of the federal bureaucracy was billed as a necessary corrective to the growth of the government's power.
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Michael D. Shear
Alaska Dispatch News (formerly Anchorage Daily News)
March 16, 2017

Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services Corporation (LSC)


Much of the harshest criticism of Trump’s budget came from Democrats or liberal organizations. But in a city where many federal programs enjoy longstanding bipartisan support, some Republicans also assailed the president’s judgment.

Richard Thornburgh, the former attorney general for Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, condemned the elimination of money for legal aid, saying, “Our civil justice system cannot work for low-income individuals and families unless we fund programs to provide them with lawyers.”