The White House released President Trump’s 2018 budget Thursday proposing an increase in military spending and massive cuts to the arts, science and the poor.
The cuts could be the “widest swath of reductions in federal programs since the drawdown after World War II,” The Post’s Damian Paletta and Steven Mufson wrote Thursday. If implemented, the cuts could drastically reduce the size of the federal non-military workforce, with the Agriculture, Labor, State departments and the Environmental Protection Agency among the hardest hit.
So can Trump actually make such drastic cuts to the federal budget? And how likely is it that Trump’s budget requests will be met?
On this week’s episode of “Can He Do That?” The Post’s congressional reporter Kelsey Snell and I take a deep look at what it means when a president sets a budget, how this budget reflects Trump’s agenda and what we can expect as the budget process moves forward.
Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, explains how this complicated fiscal negotiation works. Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) tells us how Democrats in Congress are reacting to the proposal. Plus, we ask the senator whether we should brace for a government shutdown.
Listen to today’s episode of "Can He Do That?” below.
See the complete breakdown of the budget proposal, by the numbers and by agency, here.