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’s fiscal 2019 proposed budget includes:
—A 27% cut to the State Department
—A 34% cut to the EPA
—$1.7 trillion cut to entitlement programs over a decade, incl. $237 billion from Medicare
—$74 billion increase in the Pentagon’s budget https://t.co/nuXvdTwHGr
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 12, 2018
Trump has repeatedly said that Mexico would pay for the border wall.
Trump promised to eliminate the federal debt in 8 years.
The latest budget projections say that the debt will instead rise to $27.8 trillion instead, partly due to Trump’s fiscally reckless and badly thought out tax cut that disproportionately benefits the wealthy.
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) February 12, 2018
In addition, Trump has proposed eliminating federal funding for the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, which funds PBS and National Public Radio stations.
Through the $4.4 trillion budget request — which will add at least $7 trillion to the debt over the next decade — the White House appeared to admit that the $1.5 trillion tax cut voted into law by the GOP, as well as significant spending increases, have made eliminating the national debt in a 10-year span unlikely.
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.
— Damian Paletta (@damianpaletta) February 12, 2018
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 cuts.
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.
The White House budget request, like just about all others before it, will face tough resistance in Congress — which is responsible for approving the annual budget — from both sides of the aisle and much of it will be cast aside or edited.