President Trump Releases Fiscal 2018 Budget


Today, President Trump released his fiscal 2018 budget request, A New Foundation for American Greatness. The request, presented to Congress, outlines in detail the President’s proposal to streamline spending making bold and specific policy priorities, and includes economic and accounting analyses. This follows up on the President’s ‘skinny budget,’ which was released March 13, 2017.

President Trump is calling for a $3.6 trillion slash in spending over the next 10 years. For FY 2018, the request calls for $668 billion in defense spending, $22 billion above current spending; and a $479 billion budget for non-defense programs, which is $57 billion less than current spending. Proposed SNAP funding would decrease more than $190 billion over 10 years – which is a decrease of over 25%.

In addition to the White House budget, it is worth noting that Congress is beginning their Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations process. In fact, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue will appear tomorrow, at a USDA Budget Hearing before the House Committee on Appropriations, where he will undoubtedly field questions pertaining to the proposed cuts to Agriculture programs. That hearing is 10:00 am ET and will be webcasted.

SNA is reviewing the budget in detail, paying special attention to White House recommendations related to USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service and any impacts to school meal programs. Sign up for SNA’s legislative and regulatory newsletter, Tuesday Morning, to ensure you are up to date.

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