New Administration Releases Budget Directive
Monday, February 27, 2017
On Monday, February 27, President Trump issued a budget directive that would provide a hefty increase in defense spending with equal cuts in non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs. The president is proposing a $54 billion boost — roughly a 10 percent increase over 2016 — in defense spending. Homeland security, including local law enforcement, will also receive additional funding.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) sent the plan to federal agencies in advance of the president’s speech to a joint session of Congress on the February 28. Exact details on which programs could be cut were not included in the directive, but an official said "most" federal agencies, as well as foreign aid programs, will see reductions.
Federal officials report the budget increases will be funded partially through cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency's climate change programs, the State Department and social programs. Social Security and Medicare are not expected to be cut.
The detailed budget is set to be released in mid-March. AASC staff will continue to follow the funding plan and will provide more information to members as it becomes available.