Trump budget plan reaffirms 10% increase in military spending
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Mar 20, 2017,
Mar 20, 2017, 10:01
"That's not to say the balance of the budget is balanced next year".
President Trump's first budget takes a meat ax to a long list of domestic programs, eliminating funding for old stalwarts like the community development block grant program and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, slicing into traditional areas of diplomacy and annihilating federal environmental efforts while dedicating more money to defense, veterans and building a wall along the Mexican border.
Critics are appalled. "By increasing military spending by $54 billion while cutting spending on civilian diplomacy and assistance, the Trump administration is militarizing foreign aid", charged Adam Isacson, senior associate for defense oversight at the Washington Office on Latin America. "We're going to spend money - we're going to spend a lot of money - but we're not going to spend it on programs that can not show that they actually deliver the promises that we've made to people".
FDA: The budget stated $2 billion in fees will be collected from the industry by FDA - double the amount in the last budget. Military spending would increase by nine percent to $54bn, while 18 other agencies will experience budgets cuts.
The EPA could be cut by 31%,.
But a closer read would have revealed that that article was, in fact, a parody piece lambasting the new budget blueprint.
"It will prescribe drastic cuts in numerous programs and agencies that keep America safe, whether it's environmental programs, whether it is food safety, drug safety", said Kentucky Representative John Yarmuth.
On Friday, the Trump communications office sent out an email seeking to highlight praise for Trump's budget.
Trump calls this a "skinny budget", but that's a generous description of a spending document that will still total roughly $4 trillion and is not likely to reduce by very much the anticipated $488 billion deficit.
Although both the Senate and House of Representatives are controlled by Trump's fellow Republicans, Congress holds the federal purse strings and seldom approves presidents' budget plans.
Though the governor has also expressed reservations over the House GOP's plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Baker said most of the funding changes from ACA repeal would not hit MA until 2019 or 2020, while an on-time federal budget would kick in starting in October.
The budget also ended the Clean Power Plan - an Obama-era initiative to cap carbon dioxide emissions at power plants - alongside other climate change programs while promising that the 2018 proposal "reorients EPA's air program to protect the air we breathe without unduly burdening the American economy". Todd pushed Mulvaney. "What year?"
Mulvaney said Trump's proposed budget increases spending on his priorities without adding to the deficit. The federal Housing & Urban Development Department, which largely helps the urban poor, would be cut by 13%.
"I just think we finally got to the point in the administration where we couldn't do that", Mulvaney said.