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OMB Director: Trump Budget Will Increase Spending on Defense, Reduce Spending on Wasteful Programs

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Washington Free Beacon
March 16, 2017

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said that President Trump’s budget will increase spending on defense while reducing the size of government by cutting wasteful spending.

“This is the ‘America First’ budget,” Mulvaney said. “In fact, we wrote it using the president’s own words—we went through his speeches, articles that have been written about his policies, we talked to him, and we wanted to know what his policies were, and we turned those policies into numbers.”

The budget will increase defense spending by $54 billion dollars. Spending on border security and enforcement also will be increased. The Department of Defense is estimated to receive a 10 percent budget increase, while the Department of Homeland Security is expected to receive a 6 percent budget increase.

“We’ve worked very closely with the Defense Department to make sure, a couple of things, that this funds their needs but does so in a responsible fashion in terms of what they can actually spend this year,” Mulvaney explained. “The Defense Department has told us this is the amount of money they need and can spend effectively this year. We are not throwing money after a problem and claiming that we have fixed it.”

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