JUST IN – Trump Administration to Merge Labor & Education Departments

The Department of Labor was created in 1913, the Department of Education in 1979, and in 2019 they could become one.

The Trump administration will be releasing plans to advocate for a merger between the DOE and DOL. While the policy proposal has not yet been made public, insiders familiar with the proposal describe it as part of the administration’s “government overhaul” activities.

The plan is nothing new. Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), has been working on a reorganization plan for over a year. Mulvaney also heads the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – a position he was appointed to after publicly expressing on numerous occasions his desire to abolish the agency.

He requested a $0 budget for the agency this year, which he accused of being a Democrat slush fund, and a government version of Yelp  (as people report complaints about financial institutions to the agency). (RELATED: White House Official Requests $0 In Funding for Agency Obama Ran as a Democrat ‘Slush Fund’).

Given Mulvaney’s fiscal conservativism, the proposed merger will likely require proposals for massive cost-cutting between the agencies. The OMB said their unreleased proposal would “allow the Federal government to address the educational and skill needs of American students and workers in a coordinated way, eliminating duplication of effort.”

And this proposal only exists because back in March 2017, Trump signed an executive order called the “Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch.” The order required the OMB to determine whether “some or all of the functions of an agency, a component, or a program are redundant, including with those of another agency, component, or program.”

According to the Daily Caller, “The DOE, which is responsible for federal civil rights laws at schools, federal student loans, and K-12 funding, would be the simplest to liquidate in terms of size — it houses fewer than 4,000 employees and controls a $68-billion budget. Conversely, the DOL, which manages worker training and minimum wage laws, boasts around 15,000 employees, but only has a $13-billion budget.”

Congress has tried at least twice since the 1980s to significantly modify or abolish the Department of Education. Let’s see if the third time’s the charm.

If Trump is able to merge these bloated departments into one, it could help to cut much of the waste that exists in the federal government. Draining the swamp is a great slogan, but it is becoming a reality!


Matt is the co-founder of Unbiased America and a freelance writer specializing in economics and politics. He’s been published in The American Thinker, Rare, The Foundation for Economic Education, The Ludwig von Mises Institute, and National Review. He is the author of the new book A Paradoxical Alliance: Islam and the Left. Follow him on Twitter at @MattPalumbo12.

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  • I try to discuss it with QandA and we think that Education is the most powerful thing in the world, so if Trump wants the strong country, he needs to give money for education!

  • The money saved from these cost cutting measures of the two departments could be used by President Trump to fund the 'Wall" since Congress seems to be dragging its feet in funding it completely!! After all do not let the money authorized go to waste and the taxpayers would not have to foot the bill bcause the money will be already there!! Any other cost cutting methods implemented could be used to get the $25billion needed, if Congress will not give it to the American people for the "Wall", that the American people support!!! Other wise maybe it is time for we, the American people, to create a "Wall Fund that we will pay for out of our own pockets to help President Trump fund the"Wall" and to hell with Congress on the subject"!! The American people can do anything if they put their mind to it!!!........

  • American gov needs to be wrested from the bureaucracy and brought into the 21st century...Smaller, more user friendly, less intrusive, more efficient and capable of digesting and acting on situations and information, better representation and more merit....Yes we like deliberation but the politic is now ridiculous and corrosive for all concerned...it may be great for the left to body block needful acts and the right to counter but for the most part it is not doing anyone any good..

  • I agree with you Wilbur. Both should be abolished. Also Dept of Energy, Dept of Commerce. Federal Reserve & the fed collection agency the IRS. Even China would not be able to keep up with us then.

  • Try and delete both agencies, they are a drain on the budget, and attack American standards and solvency.

  • Glad Trump is doing this! The federal government has way too many employees that do very little & cost taxpayers way too much.

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