President Barack Obama is expected to release a second round of executive orders and legislation in a matter of days that will reshape how the federal government runs.
He will announce a $3.9 trillion tax cut and increase in military spending in his State of the Union address Wednesday night.
In the wake of the recent hurricanes, Obama is looking to make sure the federal budget remains balanced, and he wants to address a backlog of more than $2 trillion in spending cuts.
He is expected Friday to sign an executive order directing the departments of Defense and Treasury to reduce their spending by at least 30 percent by 2022, according to a senior administration official.
The move would be the first of its kind since the 1960s.
It would require congressional approval.
But it’s unclear whether Congress will act.
If the president decides to use his executive powers to cut spending, he will need the support of both chambers of Congress, which is controlled by Republicans.
That means he would have to get Democratic votes in both chambers.
Obama has yet to announce a plan for Congress to pass a budget.
But aides say he wants a comprehensive package that includes entitlement and defense cuts.
The president is expected on Friday to announce the second round in his state of the union address, and the administration is planning to send him a list of legislative priorities and priorities for new spending.
He’ll also announce his plan to fix the Veterans Affairs system.
He has promised to bring back a veterans benefits system that was gutted in the wake a recent government shutdown, but many veterans say that won’t be a priority.
Congressional Republicans are wary of the president’s proposal to cut government spending.
They say it would leave the federal debt over the next decade at a record high and lead to more borrowing and debt.
Obama’s plan would be a boon to them, said Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.
But he said he has not seen a single Republican lawmaker on record opposing his plan.
“I’ve not seen anybody in my party that’s opposed to that,” he said.
Obama is also expected to sign legislation aimed at helping families of victims of the hurricanes and other disasters, which includes a $15,000 tax credit for first responders and a $10,000 federal aid to states to help with reconstruction and other needs.
The administration has also announced that it will allow states to set their own insurance rates, while giving states a free pass on setting their own Medicaid reimbursements.
Republicans, meanwhile, are pushing to reduce taxes on corporations and individuals, while offering $500 tax credits to help low-income Americans afford a new home or other relief.
They are also pushing to expand unemployment benefits and other benefits, including those to help people who have lost jobs due to the hurricanes.