Trump to call for 2 percent cuts annually to non-defense spending

May 23, 2017

President Trump will seek to balance the federal budget partly by cutting congressional appropriations, other than defense, by 2 percent every year.

The “two-penny plan,” as Office and Management Budget Director Mick Mulvaney described it to reporters Monday, would cut $1.4 trillion in nondefense spending out of $3.6 trillion in total cuts over 10 years, limiting that category of government spending to historically low levels.

Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal, set to be delivered to Congress Tuesday, is a wish list of policies and plans for spending and taxing. To reach balance by the 10th year, meaning that spending will equal tax revenue, it will include major savings from anti-poverty programs, including Medicaid and food stamps. It also will bank on an acceleration in economic growth.

One key to the fiscal math underlying the plan will be successive cuts to a category of spending known as non-defense discretionary spending. That category excludes benefits for which people automatically qualify, such as Social Security, but includes all the programs that Congress passes legislation to fund each year, including law enforcement, job training, scientific research and infrastructure.

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  • bobnstuff says:

    This budget will show the world what our countries values are. What is important to us as a nation. Do we value corporations over people, the rich over the poor. Do we value education, health, the planet? How important is the military? We need to look at who we are as a people and see if the President and Congress share our view. We also need to look at where the money goes when it is spent , do we get value for our dollar? Who is profiting and is it a fair profit or are we just giving money away. Take a long look at President Trump spending plan and see if the numbers add up or is it Voodoo economics. In Trumps campaign he said he wanted to make America Great Again. does this budget do that and in what way? Does cutting funding for education , human services and the environment make us a greater nation? Does spending more money on the military improve out nations greatness? Look at these things honestly and see where we are headed as a nation. What does this budget say about America?

    1. chw2000 says:

      Back at it again BSBob. Trumps’ budget makes sense. We need a military that is stronger than pre-WWII. But then a left wing libtard like you doesn’t understand “peace thru strength”. BTW BSBob, what branch of the military did you serve for the safety of our country? Or, was the only uniform you wore a band uniform?

      1. bobnstuff says:

        Why do we need to spend six times what any other nation does on the military? Trump just likes supporting the Military Industrial Complex. Tell me who has a military that is a threat to us? Do we really need 20 Aircraft Carriers since we have all but three in mothballs. As far as serving, I was a for real 4F unlike our president. I have bad knees and that fact made my mother happy since I already had two brothers serving.

        1. chw2000 says:

          I am sooooooooooooo phucking impressed BSBob. Not having served makes you just the right person to determine that Trump likes to support the MIC. You are full of it Bob. I served ’66 to ’72 unlike you. Here’s a surprise Bob, people with bad knees CAN serve in the military. Perhaps you don’t know this but there are many countries where military service is MANDATORY! You could have done clerical work or just typed on a computer like you do now. I would imagine you probably now have Obama knees. Anyway, the number one responsibility of our government is to assure the safety of the citizens. THAT REQUIRES A STRONG MILITARY. Here’s a thought BOB, if you don’t want to strength our military, how about eliminating the RULES OF ENGAGEMENT? We didn’t have those in WWII or at least we didn’t follow any. WE WON THAT ONE! Haven’t won any since and even less of a chance since Obama depleted our military. Trump is doing the right thing and even the liberal loons need to support OUR PRESIDENT!

          1. bobnstuff says:

            Sorry but the military didn’t like broken knee caps, at least not mine. I guess hitting it on a rock at 45 miles per hour does some damage. It make no difference because sleeping in the mud sure teaches you about things.

            Are you claiming we don’t have a strong military? Name a country that has a stronger one. In case you didn’t notice it but the year isn’t 1945. My guess is you haven’t a clue about the present military or how wars are fought today. We have the youngest fleet and the strongest. We have a new fighter jet coming on line as well as a large number of other updated weapon systems. I’m sick off people complaining about things they know nothing about.
            Do you have any idea just how much the military has right now that they don’t need our even want.

          2. chw2000 says:

            Listen a$$ hole, I know more about our military than you could ever know. Hitting your knee on a rock at 45 mph really makes me feel bad for you. Actually it only indicates your level of stupidity……high. You really are a a$$ hole BSBob. you know nothing about the military, never served and yet you think you can make judgement because3 it isn’t 1945 . Well BSBob. you’re right it’s not 1945 and my comment didn’t reference 1945. It was pre-WWII levels. But then because i disagree you think you can misquote me. You’re an idiot BSBob. And personally, i could care less about your knees Go phuck yourself.

          3. bobnstuff says:

            I’m so impressed with your knowledge. I may have never served but I come from a military family and I’m pretty sure I have spent time with a lot more movers and shacklers in the military then you have. I won’t waste my time going into details but one thing I know is being a grunt in Nam doesn’t make you a military expert. One of the top military experts I know didn’t serve either and he’s in charge of declassifying records for the Air force.

          4. chw2000 says:

            Fuck you Bob. I hope you never try to dodge a bullet. I hope it hits you square in your fucking empty head. ASS HOLE! And no, i was not a “grunt’. Also that’s a term that an ass hole like you who never served isn’t qualified to use. Again, fuck you BSBOB!

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