Forget Budget Cuts… Trump Just Hit the EPA Where It Hurts Even Worse

Forget Budget Cuts Trump Just Hit the EPA Where It Hurts Even Worse

President Donald Trump vowed to reduce the size of government, and he has just taken another major step toward accomplishing that goal.

Congress’ 2017 omnibus bill only allows the Environmental Protection Agency to employ 15,000 workers, which means the agency will soon employ its lowest number of meddling bureaucrats since former President Ronald Reagan was in office in 1988.

By the end of September, the EPA is expected to only employ 14,459 people. The measure further shows how the president and Congress are making meaningful strides toward reducing the size of government and certain agencies.

The Washington Free Beacon reports 374 EPA employees took early buyouts, 33 are retiring early, and 45 individuals are contemplating early retirement offers.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said his agency is committed to shrinking the size of government, adding that the administration’s goal is to cut the entire agency’s workforce by 25 percent.

“We’re giving long-serving, hard-working employees the opportunity to retire early,” Pruitt said.

“We’re proud to report that we’re reducing the size of government, protecting taxpayer dollars, and staying true to our core mission of protecting the environment and American jobs,” he added.

Assuming leftists will complain about how the cuts aren’t necessary, the average EPA employee makes $113,820 annually, in an agency so bloated that only 6.5 percent of its employees are considered “essential,” according to another Free Beacon report.

That’s unacceptable and places a major financial burden on an administration looking to cut government spending across the board.

Elizabeth Southerland, the former director of the Office of Science and Technology in EPA’s Office of Water, recently quit because she disagreed with Trump’s decision to reduce the EPA’s spending to $5.7 billion.

Further proving the point of leftist outrage, Southerland was paid $250,000 annually with a $64,000 bonus and was eligible for early retirement.

Try telling hard-working Americans who are picking up extra shifts to make ends meet that Trump was wrong for slashing budgets that paid people like Southerland a quarter of a million dollars a year.

If Democrats are unhappy with Trump satisfying campaign promises, they should learn how to win elections.

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H/T Washington Free Beacon