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Tillerson Defends State Department Cuts Lawmakers Vow to Block

  • He says 28% cut reflects ‘realities of the world’ today
  • Republican Graham says it would ‘put a lot of people at risk’
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Trump's Budget Would Dramatically Reduce Govt.'s Role

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A proposed State Department budget that would cut spending by more than 28 percent -- rolling back international food aid, humanitarian assistance and health funding -- drew immediate opposition from lawmakers who will decide its fate.

The fiscal 2018 federal budget that President Donald Trump offered Tuesday seeks $37.6 billion for the State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development and other overseas assistance. Only the Environmental Protection Agency would face a deeper cut, at 29.6 percent from the 2016 level.