FIRST TRUMP BUDGET EXPECTED TO BE SHORT ON DETAIL, LONG ON CUTS
President Trump is expected to release his first budget plan in mid-March and, while it will lack the detail of plans of previous administrations, most are betting that “less” is in the document a lot of times. Govexec.com reports that the President’s budget could closely follow a Heritage Foundation report that would reduce spending by $10.5 trillion over the next 10 years. That plan would eliminate entire federal programs and even some agencies. Heritage officials are said to be working closely with Administration budget leaders. Despite the overall trend to reduce spending, the President is expected to ask for significantly increased DOD spending, as well as for money on infrastructure projects. Everything from readiness and new material acquisition could be on tap. This would require substantial cuts in civilian agencies and it is an open question as to whether even a Republican-controlled Congress will go along with the degree of proposed slashing. Domestic programs, even those not tied to infrastructure projects, can translate into jobs in specific Congressional districts, turning legislators who are otherwise hawkish on spending matters into defenders of specific programs with local impact.