The White House announced on Monday that the budget proposal by Donald Trump would focus on increasing military spending by historic numbers. It is speculated that the defense spending will increase by $54 billion while the cuts will be made for non-defense programs to bring in the money. This would increase the defense spending to about $603 billion while the other domestic departments have to face a major lack of cash as the spending is limited to $462 billion.
The Environmental Protection Agency has to deal with about 25% of budget cuts which could be devastating according to EPA officials. The agency will only be able to execute the most basic functions with such a limited budget.
The Office of Management and Budget announced that the cuts have to be faced by federal agencies that execute low priority programs. Duplication will be removed and consolidation will be executed to make the budget cuts possible.
The announced proposal is not final because it is just a blueprint sent to the agencies. The White House will figure out how to incorporate the elements of the blueprint in the final budget, which is expected to be complete in the beginning of May. Apart from EPA, foreign aid department will also experience a major budget cut according to the new plan.
Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget said that the new budget is designed keeping the policies of the president in mind. The 2018 budget also includes funds required to construct the border wall between USA and Mexico. Republican senator John McCain is dissatisfied with the budget as it proposes just a 3% raise from Obama’s budget, which according to the senator is not sufficient to increase defense security.
It is not mandatory for the Congress to proceed with the budget plan from Donald Trump. The Republicans who are unhappy with the proposed budget plan to invite the officials to explain the policy to the Congress. Republicans who criticized funding of IRS by the Obama White House would be happy with the proposed 14% budget cut. Grants that support local development and community banks will also have to face a hard time with the new budget. The Democrats won’t have any mercy in thrashing the new budget that affects American communities and families.
In an attempt to protect the security of the country, Trump’s plan cuts finances for major programs pertaining to the environment, education, poverty, and science. The budget lacks entitlement cuts and it is more likely to be rejected even by the Republicans in the House. Domestic cuts could have serious impacts and the proposed increase in military funding is not balanced.
Trump White House will have a tough time in introducing tax reforms when the proposed blueprint is rejected by the Congress. The budget resolution would allow tax cuts to escape from Democratic filibuster. The domestic discretionary funds are already squeezed enough and Trump’s new proposal challenges the orthodox ways of the Republicans.