The Trump administration’s budget blueprint includes a $100 billion increase for the Pentagon, a $10 billion increase in the Environmental Protection Agency budget, and a $50 billion increase to the Federal Aviation Administration, among other spending priorities.
But the Pentagon is already facing an expected $400 billion shortfall this year, and the Environmental Protectors have long been pushing for a major overhaul of the agency.
The $10.6 billion Environmental Protection Act would boost funding for the agency by $50 million annually.
The EPA is one of the nation’s most efficient and effective agencies, and is in the midst of an unprecedented increase in enforcement, which is expected to cost the agency as much as $1 billion a year.
A $50-billion increase in EPA funding is just a drop in the bucket compared to the $5 billion in cuts proposed in the blueprint.
The proposal includes $4.2 billion in funding for states to improve their climate-resilience plans, and $5.4 billion in funds for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The plan would also add $2 billion to the National Science Foundation, which has been criticized by some scientists for being overburdened by science.
The Trump budget also includes a proposal for a $250 million increase in funding to the Office of Management and Budget, which was approved in January, to help it prepare for a massive tax increase.
The agency is currently spending $12 billion on climate-related research, but a recent study by a Congressional Research Service (CRS) report found that the OMB would have to spend $25 billion on the agency in order to keep up with the proposed increase.
That’s a lot of money that could be spent to protect vulnerable communities.
“There are a lot more jobs at risk than you might think, because they’re all at risk,” said Tom Ricks, president of the Environmental Defense Fund, which supports environmental justice efforts.
“It’s not just climate, it’s the economy, it is the water system, it even includes the economy of people who work in the water sector.
That is a lot at risk.”
While the Environmental Defenders have been working on the issue, the Trump administration has also begun taking steps to increase spending.
The Department of Justice is proposing to double the number of attorneys general it is bringing into the office, bringing in more than 3,000 in the current fiscal year alone.
In a statement released Monday, the Department of the Interior, under the direction of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, has also proposed $4 billion to build a new office for the Environmental Integrity Unit at the Department.
Zinke is also proposing to expand the Office for the Study of Civil Society in the Department, and it is also looking to expand and expand the National Security Division at the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The administration has even floated the idea of revamping the EPA to become a much more focused regulator for air, water, and mining.
While Trump has repeatedly attacked the Environmental Restoration Act, he has not done the same to the agency, which he has called a “disaster” in his campaign and which he said was “killing our economy.”
And in May, the administration proposed a $2.4 trillion plan to slash the EPA by nearly 50 percent.
“The Trump administration is proposing major changes to the EPA that would result in significant cost increases to the Agency and would further undermine the agency’s core mission of protecting the public from harmful chemicals and pollutants,” the Environmental Defence Fund said in a statement Monday.
“We are calling on Congress to protect public health and the environment and to continue to work with our partners to find the right solutions for America’s communities.”
This article has been updated to reflect the fact that the budget was passed by Congress, rather than signed into law.