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Commentary: America First: President Trump’s Budget Plan

Making sure the taxpayer’s money is used to its highest potential

By: Regina E. Romandetti

President Donald Trump is joined by the Congressional leadership and his family before formally signing his cabinet nominations into law, Friday, Jan. 20, 2107, in the President’s Room of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington. From left are, Vice President Mike Pence, the president’s wife Melania Trump, their son Barron Trump, and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool)

President Trump recently released his budget blueprint plan. The plan was worked out between the President and the budget director, Mick Mulvaney. President Trump says in the blueprint:

“A budget that puts America first must make the safety of our people its number one priority—because without safety, there can be no prosperity.”

Mick Mulvaney addresses the American people in the “America First” budget. He states that the blueprint is not a full federal budget. It just gives the public a view of the President’s priorities.

The main points President Trump addresses is in his budget plan that he has openly discussed with the American people during his campaign. He promised to “Make America Great Again” by protecting the nation’s people financially and physically. The President expressed a desire to put America first by keeping more of America’s hard-earned tax dollars here in America.  

President Trump plans on Increasing defense spending without increasing federal debt. He also plans to increase immigration enforcement. The blueprint also includes building a wall to protect the American borders. There will be an increase in funding to address violent crime and to reduce violent drug abuse.  

The budget for the Department of Defense will be $639 billion which is greater than any other country. President Trump increases the department of defense by $52 billion for the 2018 budget. The president states in his budget blueprint that the core of the plan is to rebuild the nation’s military, without adding to the federal debt.

President Trump believes it is vital to prepare America’s courageous servicemen when they are called to fight for our country.The Department of Homeland security will have a budget plan of $44.1 billion dollars. This money will go to strengthen border control.

President Trump’s budgets gives the Department of Education $59 billion dollars in funding. This budget will safeguard the Pell Grant, that most college students receive yearly. This will maintain a $13 billion funding to support students with special needs.

President Trump focuses on management to make the government work for its people. His plan is for federal agencies to manage programs and delivering services effectively. He will manage federal agencies in devoting a greater percentage of American tax payers’ money productively. President Trump also plans on improving cybersecurity.  

President Trump’s budget for the Department of Agriculture is $17.9 billion. The budget includes safeguarding the nation’s supply of meat, poultry and egg products, by funding the Food Safety and Inspection Service. The budget also includes a $6.2 billion to serve women, infants and children (WIC). This is to ensure that women in crisis are able to feed their children and themselves.

The Department of Commerce is funded $7.8 billion, which will help increase economic growth by strengthening the International Trade Administration’s trade enforcement and compliance functions. This budget plan maintains the National Weather service forecasting capabilities by maintaining effective operations.

The Department of Health and Human Services budget is $69 billion dollars. A part of this money will help to insure that Americans who suffer from substance abuse could access treatment. Money will also be invested into the mental help of our nation’s people.

This is just a blueprint plan and could be changed to accommodate the American people more effectively. Presidents have budget plans for the country, like families have budget plans for their homes, to make sure money earned is being used efficiently.

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