President Donald Trump has today released his budget blueprint, outlining plans to increase spending on safety and security whilst cutting funding to other agencies which he considers to be of less importance at the time being.
In a letter to congress, President Trump said: “To keep Americans safe, we have made tough choices that have been put off for too long. But we have also made necessary investments that are long overdue.”
These investments include an increase in defense spending by $54 billion as well as the increase in funding for immigration enforcement and a $4.1 billion investment into the southern border wall (that’s right – a politician sticking to his promises!).
Commenting on these increases, President Trump said “We must ensure that our courageous servicemen and women have the tools they need to deter war, and when called upon to fight, do only one thing: Win.”
The Department for Veterans Affairs has also been given a 10% increase in funding in this budget.
Whilst these departments have seen spending increases, others have had their funding decreased. President Trump decided to cut funding to the State Department by 28%, mostly because of cuts in foreign aid programs, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also suffered a 30% cut in funding. This means the EPA had the biggest funding cut in the budget.