Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney will hold a briefing with reports today as he goes over the White House’s proposal regarding the budget for the 2018 fiscal year.
The new fiscal plan, entitled “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” is expected to provide new funding to the Pentagon and the military while cutting funds for other federal departments and programs. Business Insider notes that the State Department, the EPA, the Department of Agriculture are all expected to face cuts, as are the food stamps program, Medicaid, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and other social programs. The Trump Administration insists that the budget won’t effect Social Security and Medicare.
“We’re no longer going to measure compassion by the number of programs or the number of people on those programs,” Mulvaney said in a statement picked up by Bloomberg. “We’re going to measure compassion and success by the number of people we help get off those programs and back in charge of their own lives.”
The budget is expected to face criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike, and multiple figures in Congress have said that they are likely to ignore the White House’s proposal.The government will face another possible shutdown if the budget is not ready by the end of September.
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