NEWS | Trump to Boost Pentagon Spending by $54 billion

NEWS | Trump to Boost Pentagon Spending by $54 billion

NEWS | Trump to Boost Pentagon Spending by $54 billion

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WASHINGTON D.C.- President Donald Trump plans to boost Pentagon spending by $54 billion in his first budget proposal, a rise of around 9 percent on 2016. 

While slicing the same amount from domestic programs and foreign aid, the White House said on Monday.

The EPA tops that list, and the State Department is expected to take a big hit as well. Social Security and Medicare spending won't be touched.

"Most federal agencies will see a reduction as a result," said the official. "This budget expects the rest of the world to step up in some of the programs this country has been so generous in funding in the past."

Democrats and some Republicans are certain to resist the cuts to domestic agencies, and any legislation to implement them would have to overcome a filibuster threat by Senate Democrats.

“It will include a historic increase in defense spending to rebuild the depleted military of the US at a time we most need it,” Speaking to a gathering of the nation’s governors on Monday during a White House ceremony.

“We must ensure that our courageous servicemen and women have the tools they can be to deter war, and when called upon to fight in our name, only do one thing – win. we have to win. We have to start winning wars again,” he said.

Trump is expected to reveal details Tuesday night in a televised speech to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill, the first of its kind since he was sworn in last month.

With reporting by New York Post, NY Daily News, and Twitter
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