Posted by Guest on July 11, 2017 in Blog
By Kai Wiggins
As a follow up to our recent congressional briefing, we have shared some additional information regarding the Trump administration’s proposed budget for the 2018 fiscal year. This document (linked here and below) highlights some of the major reductions and eliminations to federal agencies entailed in the Trump administration’s FY 2018 budget request. While many have called the budget “dead on arrival,” it might be imprudent for us to dismiss the proposal outright, as it nonetheless provides a window into the administration’s top priorities moving forward.
The FY 2018 budget request allocates an additional $54 billion toward defense spending. In order to compensate for such an increase, the administration has proposed significant cuts to other federal agencies to be distributed among various departmental programs. Perhaps most notably, the budget poses considerable risks to the Federal government’s infrastructure for the protection of civil rights and anti-discrimination. We have outlined some of the most glaring cases below and have included the administration’s justification for each of its proposed reductions and eliminations. This does not represent an exhaustive list.
Kai Wiggins is a Summer 2017 at the Arab American Institute.