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Donald Trump's first budget: big hike for defense spending as most agencies cut. EFE/OLIVIER DOULIERY / POOL
Donald Trump's first budget: big hike for defense spending as most agencies cut. EFE/OLIVIER DOULIERY / POOL

Trump to ask Congress for deep cuts to domestic programs

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Donald Trump will ask Congress today for deep cuts to many federal programs, with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of State stand out as targets for the biggest spending reductions, as reported in The Guardian.

His federal budget proposal includes removing federal funds for 19 independent bodies, including public broadcasting, the arts and regional issues, and a hike in Military spending and anti-immigration policies.

Although the Congress is controlled by Republicans, it may reject some of the President's proposed cuts. Moderate Republicans have already expressed unease with potential cuts to popular domestic programs such as home-heating subsidies, clean-water projects and job training, as reported in The Guardian.

In addition to budget's proposal , Trump is seeking $1.5bn for the border wall with Mexico. Trump has vowed Mexico will pay for the border wall, which the Mexican government has said it will not do. 

His initial budget outline does not incorporate his promise to pour $1tn into roads, bridges, airports and other infrastructure projects. The White House has said the infrastructure plan is still to come. As reported in The Guardian.

Under Trump’s budget, spending for E.P.A , the Environmental Agency,  would be slashed more than 31%, and the state department by more than 28%. Both agencies are dependent on public funding to finance foreign aid activities, climate change programs or participation on multilateral development organizations, like the World Bank. 

 

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