Today, Thursday, March 16th, President Trump will release his budget plan for the fiscal year 2018. Trump is proposing to seek money from over 18 agencies that assist the poor, fund scientific research and aid America’s allies abroad in order to increase defense spending by $54 billion.
Agencies that could face funding reductions include Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and several programs that serve low-income Americans and minorities.
This budget plan could be the largest reduction in federal programs since after World War II.
But many lawmakers are hesitant over this budget plan, including Republicans. Senator Marco Rubio reminded everyone that “the administration makes recommendations, but it’s Congress who decides the budget.”
Trump’s budget, if approved, won’t go into effect until the new fiscal year on October 1st. But he must reach an agreement with Congress by the end of April. If they don’t, a partial government shutdown could start on April 29th.