Five Things to Know About the Trump Budget

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May 7, 2017 by thewashingteenian

By Marinia Powell, Staff Reporter and Senior Staff Photographer

  1. Campaign Promises

Since the beginning of the Trump campaign, Trump has talked of the now infamous wall and  beefing up the military, but that  will take funding. Keeping that in mind, it’s not hard to look at the budget and see that it was created with the goal of improving military funding.

  1.     The Increased Military Funding

America is not home to the largest army on earth. That goes to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China. America is home to the most technologically advanced military in the world which, in the 21st century, may be more valuable than being the largest. What President Trump has proposed is to increase its size; possibly to create a bigger U. S. military presence with possible threats to national security such as North Korea, Russia and to have a larger presence in Syria.

  1. Funding Increases

Although he plans on cutting the Education Department’s funding by 14%, President Trump does increase funding for students to attend schools of their choice. He also increases funding for the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository (a natural storage facility for spent nuclear materials), prevention and treatment for opioid addiction, and adds 4.4 billion to funding for the Veterans Affairs benefit system increasing financial support for veterans.

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Image via Flickr.

  1.   Funding Cuts

President Trump does not believe in Climate Change which he demonstrates in his proposal for the Environmental Protection Agency which would include eliminating 50 programs, leaving 3,200 people out of work and cuts all funding for International Climate Change programs. He also proposes eliminating funding grants for the Community Development Financial Institutions which provide financial services to low income neighborhoods, along with Job Corps, a job training program for disadvantaged youths, 49 National Heritage Areas, and 13% of funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

  1.   Cut Altogether

The following agencies will be cut:

African Development Foundation.

Chemical Safety Board.

Corporation for National and Community Service.

Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Institute of Museum and Library Services.

U.S. Institute of Peace.

U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.

 

What Could Happen Next:

For a budget to come into being it has to be passed through Congress. Last year, the House and Senate Budget Committee chairs would not even invite ambassadors of former President Obama’s final budget proposal, demonstrating how much power they hold over the passing of a new budget. The Republican led committees will most likely hear out the current President’s proposal, but if they find it too unfair to the public, or if the public made a large enough effort to express their disapproval, then they have the power to veto it.

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