US President Trump to Unveil 2018 Budget

Time: 4:22 p.m. CEST

The U.S. President Donald Trump will reveal a budget plan for 2018 that would introduce increase in military spending and significant cuts to other sectors of government.

In the article Trump Federal Budget 2018: Massive cuts to the arts, science and the poor, the Washington Post writes that, “Trump’s first budget proposal, which he named ‘America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,’ would increase defense spending by $54 billion and reduce spending in more than 10 other agencies.

More than 20 percent of the cuts will be at the Agriculture, Labor and State Department, but the bigger cuts of more than 30 percent the plan introduces for the Environmental Protection Agency.

As the Post informs, only in EPA, the cuts would eliminate 50 programs and 3,200 positions. The President’s budget proposal could face disagreements on Capitol Hill. For example, Republicans challenged cuts in foreign aid and diplomacy.

This budget would not take effect until the new fiscal year, says the Post, which starts in October 1. The U.S. President Trump must reach agreement with Congress by the end of April, when a temporary budget expires. “If they can’t reach an agreement, and if Trump’s new budget plan widens fault lines, then the chances would increase for a partial government shutdown starting on April 29,” the Post writes.


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