At the Expense of the Environment Protection Agency and the Department of State, Trump’s Budget proposal would increase military spending for shipbuilding, military aircraft, as well as international waterway check points in the South China Sea and the Straits of Hormuz.
Officials who leaked the information to the press asked for anonymity because the budget has not been made public yet. The exact amounts the Trump Administration plans to cut from State Department and the EPA is not yet known.
It seems Trump is making good on his statement Friday when he announced a huge military buildup. “One of the greatest military buildups in American history,” he told conservative activists.
The president’s budget, is just a request and must be approved by Congress. Agencies may request adjustments in their budgets from Congress. The Congressional Budget Act of 1974 created the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) that directs more control over the budget to Congress and limits control from the president.
The president’s budget proposal usually includes a large volume of information created to persuade Congress. The final budget will be the product of two resolutions, one from the House and one from the Senate, and differences between the two versions, if not identical, must be ironed out. In order for the budget to become binding, it must be approved by both houses of Congress.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Fox News Sunday that Trump’s budget would not include requests to cut Social Security or Medicare, but Congress can add those cuts. The budget resolution created by Congress is usually passed by, or before the April 15 deadline. The resolution does not require the president’s approval.
It is not required for either the House or Senate to approve a budget resolution, if that happens, the previous year’s resolution remains in effect. An analysis of the Budget will be created next month.