A Budget Proposal to be Guillotined.

Staff Writer: Olivia E. Bernal

Trump’s budget proposal of $54 billion increased budget to the military, analysts say, is a pig to slaughter upon reaching Congress.

“President Trump’s budget would pay for a 54 billion increase to defense- relative to legally- mandated budget caps for fiscal years 18- by decreasing funding for diplomacy, environmental protection and other domestic programs by  the same amount,” stated Erica Fein, director of nuclear weapons policy at Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND).

Fact checkers, agreeing that while his proposed budget is significant, Trump’s proposed budget is not historic. It rises only 3% above Obama’s military spending this year.

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Spending more on our military than any other nation, the proposed $54 billion added would boost the military’s spending to $603 billion dollars. Vowing to rebuild the military, Trump planned the budget partly due to the military being “decimated” according to some high ranking officials

“We are outranged and outgunned by many potential adversaries… [And] our army in the future risks being too small to secure the nation,” said Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, national security adviser. Forced to pink-slip thousands of its members, due to funding issues in recent years, the Army is the smallest they have ever been since WW2.

Other military branches are facing similar conflicts, mainly due to their budget.

“The Navy is smaller today than it has been in the last 99 years,” stated Adm. William Moran, Vice Chief of naval operations, revealing 53% of the Navy’s aircraft is grounded because of the current lack of funding.

The Air Force is “[the] smallest, oldest equipped, and least ready in its history” according Air Force Gen. Stephen Wilson.

Gen. Glenn Walters of the Marine Corps stated that the Marines might “experience increasingly significant challenges to the institutional readiness required to deter aggression and, when necessary, fight and win our Nation’s battle”.

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However, considering the budget for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would be slashed by 40%-not to mention all the other budgets and programs mutilated- it is unlikely the budget will be passed.

“Here at home, states get, on average, 30 percent of their budgets from federal sources,” said Lindsay Koshgarian, the research director of the National Priorities Project. “Cutting domestic spending by 10 percent would trickle down and would be felt by every community in the United States.

To pass the budget, they would also do away with Obama’s Budget Control Act of 2011, which has been restricting the military budget.

“With opposition from Democrats and possibly some Republicans, [overturning the law] is very unlikely,” said Koshgarian.

“More likely is that Congress will work out something that looks more like the military and nonmilitary spending levels we have now, and that they will continue to stuff extra military spending into a Pentagon slush fund known as Overseas Contingency Operations that is not subject to the Budget Control Act.”

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