President Joe Biden informed Congress on Sunday, Jan. 31, that he would cancel a package of more than 70 budget cuts that former President Donald Trump proposed before leaving office.
“I am withdrawing 73 proposed rescissions previously transmitted to the Congress,” Biden announced in a letter sent to the congressional leaders.
“The withdrawals are for the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, the Interior, Justice, Labor, State, and the Treasury, as well as the African Development Foundation, the Commission of Fine Arts, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the District of Columbia, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Inter-American Foundation, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, the National Gallery of Art, the Peace Corps, the Presidio Trust, the United States Agency for International Development, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Legislative Branch,” the president wrote.
The rescissions of government programs, worth $27.4 billion, were proposed by then-President Trump on Jan. 14, a week before he ended his presidential term.
During his term, Trump sought to remove wasteful items in budget spending. In December, the former president sent back a CCP Virus (COVID) relief aid package to Congress, requesting it cancel unnecessary funds from the bill.