Posted by 15 February 2018
A week after signing a proposal to allow an increase in spending by roughly a half-billion dollars over the next two years, President Trump has released his budget proposal for the next decade.
Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget -
The policies called for in the President's budget would reduce deficits by $3.6 trillion relative to its own baseline (and about $3.1 trillion relative to current law), the result of $1.2 trillion of new spending and tax cuts ($1.75 trillion relative to current law), $3.7 trillion of deficit reduction (mostly on the spending side), about $800 billion in reduced war and disaster spending, and a bit over $300 billion in interest savings.
Proposed Increases in Spending
- Defense -- $800 billion increase for next year
- Infrastructure -- $21 billion, part of a $200 billion, 10-year plan
- Department of Commerce -- $600 million increase
- Department of Homeland Security -- $5.1 billion increase
- Veterans’ Affairs Department -- $6.8 billion increase
The budget also allocates $18 million for a wall on the U.S./Mexico border.
Proposed Decreases in Spending
According to the White House, this budget includes “proposed savings of $48.4 billion in discretionary programs, including $25.8 billion in program eliminations and $22.6 billion in reductions” for the next budget year. Here are some of the areas where the president has proposed decreased spending:
- Department of Agriculture -- $938 million, including ending funding for land acquisition and rural wastewater grants
- Department of Education -- $5.7 billion, including the elimination of a variety of federal grant programs
- Department of Health and Human Services -- $4.3 billion, including the elimination of low-income heating grants
- State Deparment and USAID -- $4.7 billion, including eliminating funding for the Global Climate Change Initiative
- National Endowment for the Arts -- $121 million cut
- Corporation for Public Broadcasting -- $480 million cut
The president’s proposal also calls on a redesign of the Supplemental Assistance for Nutrition Program (SNAP). These include greater restrictions on who is eligible for food benefits, more work requirements, and using a portion of the program’s funding to provide food commodities to recipients.
This budget outline is simply the president’s desired spending path over the next decade. It has no force of law and does not actually affect federal spending. Congress will likely enact its own budget resolution, which is unlikely to bear much resemblance to the president’s proposal. The congressional budget resolution will outline the spending bills that will provide funding for actual federal spending in the next fiscal year.
Do you support President Trump’s budget as a good way to trim wasteful federal spending? Or is the president’s budget a blow to necessary government programs?