President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal to the Congress, aims to target a “redefine the proper role” by reducing its involvement in many domestic areas while increasing investments in security.
The proposal, tagged the “America First” budget by the White House, increases defense spending by $54 billion and offsets that with cuts to non-defense spending, including steep cuts to education, environmental protection, health and human services, and foreign aid.
The military, is said to recruit more personnel, acquire munitions, ships and fighters. According to the Trump’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney who said that “There is no question, this is a hard-power budget. It is not a soft-power budget, “And that was done intentionally. That’s what our allies can expect. That’s what our adversaries can expect.”
President Donald Trump’s first budget
It has been noted that many programs would be eliminated, of which constituencies in states and cities across the country are not excluded. Programs that aid first-time home buyers, state and local affordable housing initiatives and neighborhood revitalization will be rolled out.
From President Donald Trump’s first budget, an additional $500 million would go to expand treatment, recovery and prevention of opiate abuse. Also $2.6 billion will go for border wall and $314 million for immigration enforcement agents.
President Donald Trump’s first budget key Takeaways
$54 billion boost in defense spending
28% cut to State Department, USAID
31% cut to the Environment Protection Agency
Includes $1.5 billion in 2017 and $2.6 billion in 2018 for border wall
The document is a “skinny” budget that ignores taxes and entitlements like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and food stamps. It only specifies changes to “discretionary” spending by agencies.