Report: Trump’s Upcoming FY 2018 Budget Proposal to Cut Fed Workforce, Nondefense Programs

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The budget proposal that President Donald Trump is due to release in the coming days could shrink the federal workforce at a scale that has not hit the government since World War II, The Washington Post reported Sunday.

Damian Paletta writes that the proposed spending for fiscal year 2018 could reduce the federal workforce that Trump has deemed too large as the administration works to “do more with less.”

The upcoming budget is expected to include discretionary funds that prioritize defense and homeland security and reduce money allotted for areas such as housing, environmental programs and foreign assistance, the report said.

Trump has previously indicated a $54 billion increase in the Defense Department budget as part of his campaign pledge to rebuild the U.S. military.

Paletta writes the overall spending plan reflects the administration’s vision to have state governments and private companies perform a bigger role as the federal government becomes smaller.

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