Candidate Donald Trump often talked about draining the swamp. During his presidency, the administration is talking about — instead — doing a swamp reorganization. While swamps are usually muggy places, Trump’s swamp reorganization is getting a chilly reception from both Democrats and Republicans in Congress.
Most of the negativity — as you’d expect — comes from the Democrats.
Under the plan, here’s what he wants to do:
• The SNAP (food stamp program) will move out of the Department of Agriculture into the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
• Food safety regulation now done by the Department of Agriculture would move into the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
• The HHS would then be renamed the Department of Health and Public Welfare
• That department would be overseen by a Council on Public Assistance and it would also oversee Medicaid
• The council would have the power to put uniform work requirements into those programs
• Trump also wants to privatize the U.S. Postal Service
Of course, it must be noted this is a plan. Trump can’t do the reorg without approval from Congress and that’s not likely to happen says Washington Sen. Patty Murray who is the top Democrat on the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.
“Democrats and Republicans in Congress have rejected President Trump's proposals to drastically gut investments in education, health care, and workers — and he should expect the same result for this latest attempt to make government work worse for the people it serves,” she said.
White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney said it’s something that’s needed. The changes — he noted — are structured. In that statement, he concluded the very controversial proposals to put work requirements on those on assistance programs is the real problem.
“Businesses change all the time. Government doesn't, and one of the things you get when you hire a businessman to become president is you bring this attitude from the private sector,” he noted.
By the way, Mulvaney’s deputy director Margaret Weichert said the administration doesn’t need Congress’ approval to do a lot of these reforms.
Source link: The Hill