President Donald Trump has an aggressive new plan for the federal government’s sprawling federal bureaucracy, announcing a series of moves designed to reshaping Washington’s most powerful bureaucracy.
The executive order Trump signed on Wednesday morning lays out a broad agenda that includes consolidating government departments, creating more civilian and civilian-staffed positions and consolidating some agencies.
The White House says the move would “help us to rebuild our nation’s infrastructure and keep America safe.”
“We’re taking steps to create more jobs, raise wages and ensure that the American people get what they pay for,” Trump said.
“But the most important thing is for the American taxpayers to get a better deal.”
The order gives Trump the authority to spend up to $1 trillion over the next decade to consolidate or streamline federal departments, agencies and programs, according to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
The plan, which the White House is expected to release next week, would also make it easier for states to sue the federal agency in court.
In an interview on Fox News, Sanders said the president’s plan is “very specific” and would “ensure that federal agencies get the funding they need to function.”
But she noted that “everybody’s going to have to go through this process.”
The White the administration is expected release a separate executive order in the next few days to implement Trump’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018.
That budget, which is still being drafted, would reduce the federal budget by $54 billion and reduce government spending by $3.3 trillion.
The president has been seeking a $1.5 trillion boost in defense spending, and he also wants to give the Pentagon more flexibility in how to fund its operations.
Sanders also said the White house is planning to release a “national security” plan later this week.
The Trump administration is also preparing to roll back some regulations for companies to sell products and services to the public.
The plan will also roll back a rule that prevents health insurers from charging higher premiums to people who can’t afford insurance.
“We’ve been working very hard to make sure that we have a plan that is consistent with the principles that we set out in the campaign,” Sanders said.
“And the president is making sure that it reflects the policies that he laid out in his inaugural address and we’re going to make those policies a reality.”
The president’s budget also would allow Trump to hire 10,000 more National Guard troops, expand border patrol efforts and beef up military bases and other infrastructure in a move designed to keep Washington “safe” and “strong.”
“Our troops are going to be there for a very, very long time,” Sanders added.
“The president believes that the best way to make our country strong is to make it safe.”