President Trump Releases FY18 Budget Blueprint

President Trump released a fiscal 2018 budget plan today, which includes a $54 billion increase to defense spending and a corresponding decrease to domestic spending by the same amount. The fiscal plan, called a “skinny budget,” only contains the top-line spending numbers for each federal agency.  The plan also highlights the major cuts and increases to federal programs that the administration is seeking.

The full budget is expected to be released in May, which will contain the line-by-line spending figures for each agency. The administration also released a supplemental request today for the last six months of fiscal year 2017.

It is important to note that the President’s budget does not have the force of law, and is only used as a blueprint for Congress.

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R, NJ), Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, said in a statement: “Our Appropriations Committee will take a close look at the budget and supplemental requests we received today. As directed under the Constitution, Congress has the power of the purse. While the President may offer proposals, Congress must review both requests to assure the wise investment of taxpayer dollars.”

Dubbed the “America First” budget, the blueprint reflects many of the President’s priorities championed throughout his campaign. 

Speaking to reporters during a press briefing yesterday, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said: “In fact, we wrote it using the President’s own words.  We went through his speeches, we went through articles that have been written about his policies, we talked to him, and we wanted to know what his policies were, and we turned those policies into numbers.”

Some of the Departments and Agencies receiving the heaviest cuts are below:

  • The Environmental Protection Agency would receive a 31 percent cut from current levels. More than 50 EPA programs would be eliminated under the budget proposal, as well as funding for the Clean Power Plan. 
  • The Department of Housing and Urban Development would be cut by $6.2 billion or more than 13 percent by eliminating Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and other programs.
  • The Department of Agriculture which would see a $4.7 billion or 21 percent reduction.
  • The Department of State would see a $10.9 or 29 percent reduction.
  • The Department of Education would see a $9.2 billion or 13.5 percent reduction.
  • The Department of Justice would see a $1.1 billion or 3.8 percent reduction.
  • The Army Corps of Engineers would see a $5 billion or 16.3 percent reduction.
  • The Department of Commerce would see a $1.5 billion or 16 percent reduction.