President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal would boost military spending by $54bn and cut the EPA budget by $2.6bn.
Editor’s Remarks: In absolute terms, Trump’s proposal for the US defence budget is gargantuan compared to his swipe at the Environmental Protection Agency and the $10.9bn cut for the State Department and other international programmes. Comparing the changes to their existing budgets, though, paints another picture: the proposals represent a 10% increase to the military, but cuts of around 31% and 28% for the US’ environmental agency and its foreign policy arm respectively. It’s not often that Congress approves presidential budget plans outright, though, so the buck now passes to America’s legislators to draw the exact lines on its purse strings.
What to watch: US Senate, House of Representatives, Donald Trump, Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi