US President Donald Trump is putting money behind his campaign promise to strengthen the US Military.
Trump is proposing a $54 billion increase in military spending as part of his budget proposal, to be offset by $54 billion in cuts to other federal departments.
The budget would also reduce how much America spends on foreign aid.
Trump said his spending plan “Will include a historic increase in defense spending to rebuild the depleted military of the United States of America at a time we most need it.”
Trump is set to give more details about his budget tomorrow in his first address to a joint session of Congress.
While Trump can share his priorities, they are only suggestions for Congress, who has final authority over the budget. However, since Republicans control the House, the Senate, and the Presidency, the negotiating power of the Trump Administration will be substantial. Additionally, Trump can veto any budget sent to him by congress, incentivizing an approach where both work together.
Trump’s proposed military buildup will likely find a positive reception in congress, as many Republicans – including Trump critics John McCain and Lindsay Graham – complained about the level of defence spending during the Obama Administration.
When it comes to cuts, both the State Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are expected to see big reductions. Programs to fund support for seniors are expected to be protected.
Trump has also promised a big infrastructure program, though details on that have not been released.
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