In his first budget request for fiscal year 2018, President Donald Trump outlined a $10 billion increase in defense spending.
But he also wants to cut $2 billion from the U.S. Postal Service and other federal agencies, while leaving the military in “excellent shape” through the end of his term.
The cuts will come amid a nationwide standoff between the White House and Congress over spending for the Department of Homeland Security, a key component of the Trump administration’s “America First” agenda.
The proposed budget for fiscal 2018, which is scheduled to be voted on Wednesday, also includes $8 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency, $8.5 billion for border security and $4.7 billion for a “bipartisan” effort to combat “domestic terrorism.”
But the cuts will likely be far less than the $4 billion in Trump’s proposed budget to the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Science Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Institutes of Health.
Trump’s budget is expected to include an $824 billion increase over the next decade, but the White to White Council said that $1.4 billion would go toward eliminating the Department for Veterans Affairs, which will have to shut down.
The Trump administration has made cutting the VA and other agencies a central part of its efforts to fulfill the president’s campaign promises to slash spending and boost the economy.
The president’s budget calls for eliminating the Office of the Inspector General, which was established under the George W. Bush administration to look into allegations of waste and abuse in the Veterans Administration.
It also calls for ending the Environmental Protect Agency, which had been set up by former President George H.W. Bush in 2005 to address environmental damage from the oil and gas industry.
Trump also wants an end to the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, which President George W.-era President Barack Obama created in 2007 to boost private investment in U.A.E. projects and to encourage American companies to invest in other countries.
The White House did not respond to requests for comment about Trump’s plan to eliminate the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Trump, who is not expected to attend the Budget Committee hearing, has repeatedly promised to cut spending in order to help boost the U-Haul and other U-haul companies.
“I have been in this job for four years.
I know what it takes to get the job done,” Trump told the New York Times in February.
“And I am going to be able to get this done.”