JUST RELEASED: Liberals are FURIOUS at Trump’s MAJOR Budget Cuts to FEDERAL PROGRAMS…
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Trump’s newly released budget is the liberals worst nightmare. While there is an increase in military spending most of the liberals precious federal programs have budget cuts totaling to 54 billion dollars. However, conservatives have reason to celebrate, this is a huge win that they have been fighting for.
President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal will look to increase defense and security spending by $54 billion and cut roughly the same amount from non-defense programs, the White House said Monday.
The budget blueprint, which was sent to government agencies Monday, would increase defense spending to $603 billion and decrease non-defense discretionary spending to $462 billion, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said.
Two sources told CNN Monday that the cuts are expected to slash as much as a quarter of the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget, a cut that one former EPA official said would be “devastating” and a current employee at the agency said would weaken the agency to the point where it can only do its most basic functions.
“This budget will be a public safety and national security budget,” Trump said at a bipartisan gathering of US governors at the White House Monday, vowing substantial increases in defense, law enforcement and infrastructure spending.
The majority of “lower priority programs and most federal agencies” will see a reduction in their budget as a result of the proposal, according to an official at the Office of Management and Budget speaking with reporters on background.
The official said those cuts will come through “unauthorized programs” and places “where there is duplication, where consolidation needs to occur.”
A Trump administration official told CNN that all $54 billion will be cut in the fiscal year 2018. Multiple officials have also made clear over the last 48 hours that the EPA and foreign aid will be cut significantly under the new plan.
The budget, one OMB official said, expects “the rest of the world to step up in some of the programs this country has been so generous in funding” over the years.
Foreign aid makes up roughly 1% of the federal budget and includes a host of programs meant to help implement the national security policy. While foreign aid has long been a target for conservatives, cuts to these programs are unlikely to get the Trump administration close to the $54 billion in proposed overall cuts.
The budget blueprint, which will outline in the clearest terms to date what Trump’s policy priorities will be as president, fits with Trump’s pledges to increase defense spending and cut government waste as a candidate.
Mulvaney said Trump’s proposed 2018 budget will include funds for the US-Mexico border wall, an issue that animated the President’s 2016 campaign.
Trump, in addition to the 2018 increase, will also seek a $30 billion in supplemental defense money for the fiscal year 2017, a senior administration official told CNN. Mulvaney said some funding for the border wall will be included that measure.
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