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Donald Trump's transition team has been discussing plans to make dramatic budget cuts to government entities conservatives have long tried to hamstring, according to The Hill.

The Hill reports that the proposed budget would completely eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and would privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

The Trump team is also looking to make major budget cuts at the Transportation, Justice, and State departments, The Hill reported. The plan in the works would reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion over 10 years, according to The Hill.

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A Republican senator who sits on the committee that will consider the nomination of Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) as the director of the Office of Management and Budget said Thursday that the revelation that Mulvaney had failed to pay income tax on a household employee may "create problems" for his confirmation.

"It could create problems," Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) told CNN. "I don't know for sure, but I've had problems with former Cabinet people under both Republicans and Democrats where that's either been straightened out -- or if there wasn't justification for it oppose it."

According to CNN, he did not say whether he believed Mulvaney should withdraw.

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A Senate Republican tempered expectations of what Republicans could do alone to repeal and replace Obamacare, and acknowledged that GOP lawmakers will need Democrats' help to avoid hurting constituents in their overhaul of the health care system.

"From my standpoint, I've been talking about repairing the damage and then transitioning into a system that actually works. That takes some time. It's way more complex than simply 'repeal and replace'," Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) told CNBC's Squawkbox Thursday. "It's a fun little buzzword, but it's just not that accurate."

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