Details are slowly trickling in about President Trump and his 2018 budget. As it stands, Trump is cutting the budgets of wasteful welfare programs and the Environmental Protection Agency.
“The president wants to spend more money on defence, more money securing the border, more money enforcing the laws, and more money on school choice, without adding to the deficit,” Mick Mulvaney told a small group of reporters during a preview on Wednesday.
Here are a few snippets of Trump’s budget plan:
- $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
And here are a few of the big winners:
- The Pentagon-There will be a 10 percent increase in the defence budget, adding $52 billion in military spending
- Veterans Affairs-Up 5.9 percent. That’s an additional $4.4 billion
- Homeland Security-Up 6.8 percent. That’s $2.8 billion more. Most of the increase, $2.6 billion, would be to help kick-start Trump’s promised border wall.
- The National Nuclear Security Administration-The agency would grow by 11.3 percent, or $1.4 billion.
- Opioid prevention and treatment-a proposed $500 million increase in the Health and Human Services Department to counter the epidemic
- School choice-$1.4 billion more to expand school choice programs, bringing spending in that area to $20 billion