Modest budget cuts of 2 % to non-defense discretionary spending called "deep cuts" by media
The Trump administration on Tuesday will propose the deepest cuts to government programs in a generation, delivering the opening salvo in a new round of budget battles in Washington.Many in congress might howl at the reduced spending for pet projects, but it is necessary to get on a sound fiscal footprint. Some have called this the "penny plan" where two cents are cut from most domestic spending programs. While there will be some programs completely eliminated the majority should be able to get by with a couple of cents less.
The proposal, titled “A New Foundation for American Greatness” and set for release at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, sets out a 10-year plan to balance the budget.
It relies on a mix of cuts to anti-poverty programs, optimistic economic forecasting and deep cuts to nondefense discretionary funding to meet its targets. It would not touch Social Security and Medicare, which President Trump promised to leave alone during his campaign.
The budget would dramatically shift spending to the Pentagon from domestic programs.
In 2018, it would shift $54 billion from nondefense discretionary spending to defense by enacting major cuts to the State Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Agriculture and other agencies.
It would eliminate or phase out funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts.
In subsequent years, that shift between defense and nondefense discretionary spending would grow to the point where defense spending would make up two-thirds of discretionary domestic spending, a huge shift from the 50-50 split of today.