The White House released on Monday President Donald Trump’s federal budget for fiscal 2019, which contained billions of dollars in cuts to social and entitlement programs while requesting billions for his proposed border wall with Mexico.
The 160-page budget document — which was drafted by budget director Mick Mulvaney — called for Congress to appropriate $18 billion for the border wall and $23 billion total for border security and immigration enforcement programs.
Trump has repeatedly said that Mexico would pay for the border wall.
At the same time, social programs, including foodstamps, Medicare and Medicaid, were slashed by $1.7 trillion. Medicare alone would see a $237 billion cut under the budget. Over 10 years, the cuts would amount to $3 trillion.
Last year, the White House projected its budget would lead to a SURPLUS of $16 billion in 2027.
This year, Trump's budget projects a $450 billion DEFICIT in 2027.
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Federal agencies including the Department of Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs and Defense are set to see some of the largest increases in funding, while the Departments of State, Labor, and Housing and Urban Development would see significant decreases.
Around $716 billion would be directed to national defense spending, while $200 billion would be put towards Trump’s $1,5 trillion infrastructure plan and $17 billion would be used for “opioid-related spending.”
The Republican Party has long made eliminating the budget deficit part of its platform, but the Trump administration has steered away from this approach in favor of lower taxes and increased spending.
This article was published on reverepress.com