Trump's 2018 Requested Budget Cuts
Federal Government -- May 23, 2017
Because Congress holds power over spending and taxation, presidential budget requests have no binding authority; however, President Trump's 2018 budget request does clearly demonstrate his goal to dramatically reduce the size of the federal government.
Long term, Trump seeks to reduce non-defense discretionary spending by 2 percent a year for 10 years from $519 billion and 2.7 percent of GDP in 2017 to $385 billion and 1.2 percent of GDP in 2027. To meet this aggressive goal for budgetary reduction, the administration proposes eliminating or reducing numerous programs across the federal government. These proposals are outlined in the Major Savings and Reforms document, and would produce "savings of $57.3 billion in discretionary programs, including $26.7 billion in program eliminations and $30.6 billion in reductions" for fiscal year 2018.
The following departments and agencies would face the largest program eliminations:
Education: $5 billion
Health and Human Services: $4.8 billion
State and USAID: $4.3 billion
Housing and Urban Development: $4.1 billion
State, USAID, and Treasury: $1.5 billion
The following departments and agencies would face the largest program reductions:
State and USAID: $10.7 billion
Health and Human Services: $6.7 billion
Energy: $2.2 billion
Housing and Urban Development: $2 billion
Labor: $1.4 billion
Specific proposed program eliminations and reductions can be found in the Major Savings and Reforms document below.
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