WH Considers Cutting COVID Funds, Newborn Screenings In ‘Anarchist’ Cities
According to Politico, the White House is looking at cutting funding for COVID relief, screenings for newborns, HIV treatment and other programs in cities led by Democrats that President Trump has declared “anarchist jurisdictions.”
New York, Portland, Ore., Washington, D.C., and Seattle could lose funding for a wide swath of programs that serve their poorest, sickest residents after the president moved last month to restrict funding, escalating his political battle against liberal cities he’s sought to use as a campaign foil.
The Department of Health and Human Services has identified federal grants covering those services, which are among the nearly 200 health programs that could be in line for cuts as part of a sweeping government-wide directive the administration is advancing during the final weeks of the presidential campaign and amid an intensifying pandemic Trump has downplayed.
- Politico noted that in a Sept. 2 memo, Trump called on federal agencies to reduce funding to cities that “disempower” police departments and promote “lawlessness.”
- Trump claimed “that the cities haven’t done enough to quash riots stemming from this summer’s protests over systemic racism and police violence.”
"My Administration will do everything in its power to prevent weak mayors and lawless cities from taking Federal dollars while they let anarchists harm people, burn buildings, and ruin lives and businesses,” Trump tweeted shortly after releasing the Sept. 2 defunding memo.
- Federal agencies were given until Friday to submit lists to the Office of Management and Budget akin to the one drawn up by HHS, Politico reported.
- The HHS list “includes 185 programs that touch on everything from Trump’s own initiative to end HIV transmission by the end of the decade to the opioid crisis and research into lung diseases.”
The White House budget office has previously said the administration will use the data to determine whether to bar cities from being eligible for new federal cash. A senior administration official did not rule out the possibility that cities could lose their existing funds.