President Trump's first budget proposal calls for the largest increase in Pentagon spending since President Reagan's defense buildup in the 1980s, proposing more money to fight Islamic State and to buy stealth fighter jets, warships and new weapons.
The president's plan asks Congress to allocate $639 billion for the military in the next fiscal year, a boost of $52 billion over current spending.
"This is a hard-power budget," Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, told reporters Wednesday. "And that was done intentionally. The president very clearly wants to send a message to our allies and our potential adversaries that this is a strong-power administration."
President Trump's sweeping budget cuts would free billions of dollars that he proposes to spend on building a border wall and increasing deportations, two of his signature campaign pledges.
He wants to increase funding by $1.5 billion for detaining and quickly deporting immigrants found in the country illegally, according to the White House budget plan released Thursday.
On top of that, he's requested $2.6 billion for building the "big, beautiful wall" he promised rowdy crowds during the election, making it one of the single largest projects proposed in his budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.
President Trump’s budget envisions a rapid retreat from the aggressive federal environmental protection policies developed over the last four decades, to be replaced with hollowed-out enforcement and wholesale elimination of some signature federal conservation efforts.
The Environmental Protection Agency, which accounts for just a small percentage of federal spending, is targeted for some of Trump’s most brutal cuts. Its budget would be shrunk by nearly a third, and its workforce would drop from 15,000 to 12,000.
Communities looking for help cleaning up the national backlog of contaminated properties would find it considerably more difficult as the Hazardous Substance Superfund Account would be slashed by $330 million, a cut of roughly 30%.
The House Budget Committee on Thursday voted to advance the troubled Republican healthcare bill.
Three conservative GOP lawmakers joined the panel's Democrats in voting against the measure. That was one vote shy of what would have been needed to deal a damaging and embarrassing — but not fatal — setback to the party's showpiece legislation.
Even so, the tally underscored the challenge Republican leaders face in trying to round up votes for the measure. They hope to bring it to the full House next week.
In President Trump's new proposed budget, the State Department and its foreign-aid programs take a huge cut, one that several experts have said will be devastating for global American diplomacy.
But the head of the department, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, seemed unconcerned Thursday.
"The level of spending that the State Department has been undertaking in the past — and particularly in this past year — is simply not sustainable," Tillerson said at a brief news conference in Tokyo, the first stop on a six-day, three-nation tour of Asia.
President Trump’s budget would deliver a painful financial blow to California, with the potential to push a state that has struggled for years to keep its books balanced back into the kind of red ink that consumed it after the housing market collapse a decade ago.
The only solace state and local officials are taking in a White House budget plan that would cut most federal departments by about 10% to 12% is that even Republicans in Congress probably will find all the cuts on the table too hard to stomach.
The president’s blueprint would disrupt almost everything California does, in some cases quite brutally.
President Trump's initial spending plan calls for a $239-million cut to the Internal Revenue Service despite Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's public support for boosting the staff of the beleaguered tax-collection agency.
The administration's budget blueprint released Wednesday said the 2018 funding "preserves key operations" of the IRS. But the plan calls for "diverting resources from antiquated operations that are still reliant on paper-based review in the era of electronic tax filing" to produce "significant savings."
The proposed 2018 spending would be about 2% less than this year's $11.2 billion, a modest reduction given earlier reports of a possible 14% cut.