The White House on Thursday detailed the Trump administration's sweeping plan to restructure the federal government, according to reports.
White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney detailed the plan during a Cabinet meeting with President Donald Trump and other top administration officials.
“Businesses change all the time,” Mulvaney said at the meeting, according to The Hill. “Government doesn't, and one of the things you get when you hire a businessman to become president is you bring this attitude from the private sector.”
The plan's main proposals include work requirements on assistance programs like SNAP — which provides food stamps — and Medicaid, the renaming of the Department of Health and Human Services to the Department of Health and Public Welfare, and the merger of the Education and Labor departments into one overarching agency called the Department of Education and the Workforce.
The Department of Education and the Workforce would, according to the Trump administration, “help create alignment throughout the education-to-career pipeline, while also creating coherence within the workforce development and higher education worlds.”
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos supported the proposed merger.
“This proposal will make the federal government more responsive to the full range of needs faced by American students, workers, and schools,” DeVos said, according to CNN. “I urge Congress to work with the administration to make this proposal a reality.”
Federal oversight of food safety, which had previously fallen under the Food and Drug Administration, would also be reorganized under the USDA's Federal Food Safety Agency under this plan. The Food and Drug Administration would then be renamed to reflect its focus on “drugs, devices, biologics, tobacco, dietary supplements, and cosmetics.”
The restructuring plan is not expected to do well in Congress, where Democrats like Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have criticized it as “futile.”
“Democrats and Republicans in Congress have rejected President Trump’s proposals to drastically gut investments in education, health care, and workers — and he should expect the same results for this latest attempt to make government work worse for the people it serves," Murray said.