President Trump’s proposed budget includes increase in military and cuts in EPA

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FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. Republicans insisted Monday, Feb. 6, 2107, that they’re moving ahead on their effort to void the health care law, even as President Donald Trump’s latest remarks conceded that the effort could well stretch into next year. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House is preparing to propose boosting defense spending and slashing funding for longtime Republican targets like the Environmental Protection Agency.

Those changes are part of a set of marching orders to agencies as the White House prepares its budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

President Donald Trump’s proposal for the 2018 budget year will be sent to agencies Monday. An administration official says it won’t make significant changes to Social Security or Medicare. The official, as well as Capitol Hill aides, are confirming details of the upcoming blueprint on the condition of anonymity to discuss nonpublic information and a sensitive process.

Trump’s first major fiscal marker will land in the agencies one day before his first address to a joint session of Congress.

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