President Donald Trump is asking Congress to cut almost $3 billion from the federal education budget for the remainder of the fiscal year, according to a document obtained by Politico.
The memo offers an in-depth look at some of the proposed cuts and program eliminations.
These latest cuts are in addition to next year’s proposed budget, which would see $9 million slashed from the U.S. Department of Education.
The cuts are intended to increase military spending and finance the construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Congress must pass a plan to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year to avoid a partial government shut-down. As Bloomberg News reports, Congress is likely to reject the White House’s additional proposed budget cuts, which total nearly $18 million in all, making the prospect of a shutdown all the more real.
The proposed additional cuts would cut $1.3 billion from this year’s Pell grant surplus–this is on top of the cuts proposed for next year.
(Next page: More details on how the education budget would shrink under this latest proposal)