A federal budget has been released for 2017, and it contains the most significant item of the Trump Administration: a $1.4 billion boost for the United States’ military, which is the top Pentagon spending priority.
It comes as Trump is seeking to roll back Obama-era restrictions on the use of military force and as Congress considers a $15.6-billion spending package for his proposed infrastructure bill.
But it also comes with some unexpected policy details that are expected to be a sticking point in a fight that has already stretched into 2018.
For one, the proposed budget includes a $6.7-billion increase in military spending.
That’s more than double what the Trump White House had been requesting for 2017.
It would be the largest increase in the Department of Defense since 2006.
It’s also one of the largest increases of any federal government since 1993.
The Trump budget proposal has drawn criticism from Democrats, including some Republicans, who have criticized it as a giveaway to corporations at the expense of everyday Americans.
“The president’s budget is one of his biggest wins to date, but there are still plenty of big questions about it,” says Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner’s “Washington Secrets” columnist.
“It would be a welcome sign for the House and Senate, but also a sign of how much they still want to see a lot of things the president doesn’t like.
We know that the Trump budget includes tax cuts for the rich and corporations, so the White House wants to take credit for the large increase in defense spending, but we’ll need to see how that pans out.”
“It’s not going to go down well in Congress,” says Republican Rep. Peter King, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
“This is a budget that is going to be used to further fund the expansion of military and police forces that were originally intended to protect American citizens from terrorists.
And it’s also going to help keep the economy booming in the coming year, which could help Democrats win reelection.”
The biggest issue for some lawmakers is the proposed increase in funding for the Pentagon.
Some Democrats are calling for a $10 billion cut to the department, which Trump has called a “disaster.”
In an interview with ABC News, Trump said he would keep spending levels unchanged on his military spending and he would seek to cut the number of troops at the Pentagon from the current 30,000 to 25,000.
He also called for a reduction in the number who are in combat zones, saying that “nobody is safe in a combat zone anymore.”
The military is still the top spending priority for Democrats, who support the administration’s plan to reduce funding for military operations, especially in Afghanistan.
And the Trump team is trying to increase defense spending at the same time as the budget.
But the Pentagon has been the biggest beneficiary of that increase in spending.
Trump proposed to spend $3.3 billion more on the military this year than last year.
The budget, which will be considered by the House Appropriations Committee, includes $2.3-billion for the Army, $1 billion for the Navy and $1-billion to be added for the Air Force.
That includes $1 million for the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which has been plagued with cost overruns.
The Pentagon also received $5.2 billion for fiscal 2018 and $4.2-billion in 2019.
However, there are many provisions in the budget that have not yet been finalized.
There are also many other provisions that Democrats have called for, including $2 billion to be provided to help reduce the cost of air traffic controllers in the United Kingdom.
The Defense Department also has to be able to pay for its own infrastructure projects, which would be offset by the budget increase.
That spending is not included in the Pentagon’s current spending plan, but the Trump proposal includes $600 million for projects related to infrastructure.
“We’re getting there,” says Rep. Mark Takano, the Democratic chairman of House Appropriations.
“In my view, there’s no better example of how this budget is going forward.
The president is making the case that we need to be spending our way out of a fiscal crisis and he is also making it clear that he will not negotiate with Congress over the debt ceiling.”
“The Trump administration is clearly working to rollback key elements of the Obama administration’s agenda, and this budget shows that this effort is underway,” Takano said.
“There are significant spending priorities, but they’re not all that big.
I believe the Trump Budget will have a significant impact on the nation’s fiscal situation, and I am hopeful that the president will lead the way in delivering a budget package that will serve the American people well.”
“What the President has done is not only roll back many of the biggest policy changes of the last few years, but he’s also rolled back a number