Defense spending up 5 pct in Trump’s 2020 budget plan

March 13 09:24 2019

It also seeks 8.6 billion dollars for constructing additional sections of a wall along the US border with Mexico – 5 billion dollars in funding for the Department of Homeland Security and 3.6 billion dollars for the Department of Defense’s military construction funds.

The budget calls for an outlay of $750 billion to overall defense spending-$718 billion of which will go to the Defense Department alone.

“In the midst of a prolonged rural recession and crop damage from devastating weather events, we should be having a conversation about how to strengthen and improve crop insurance, not weaken the policies that so many of America’s farmers rely on”, a coalition of seven crop insurance groups said. This is a deliberate diversion, allowing the Democrats to posture as intransigent opponents of Trump while they quarrel with him over a sum that represents less than two one-thousandths of a $4.6 trillion budget.

That figure is more than six times what Congress gave Mr Trump for border projects in each of the past two fiscal years, and 6 per cent more than he has corralled by invoking emergency powers this year after he failed to get the money he wanted. It’s a risky wager, laid down by the president himself, that he can overcome weakness with moderate and independent voters by turning out even more loyalists in 2020 than he did in 2016. Yet just like past year, here are the proposed cuts. The White House says that it will “will work with the Congress on allocating the remaining amount”. The budget also reduces funding for the Department of Transportation by over 21%, and slashes the budget for the Army Corps of Engineers.

That list would be the basis for siphoning off billions of dollars in Pentagon funding to pay for a wall along the Mexican border – a wall Trump promised many hundreds of times that he would force Mexico to pay for, but which he never asked Mexican leaders about even once.

The proposed $2.7 trillion in cuts represents more spending reductions proposed than by any administration in history.

By simply ignoring budget caps that conservatives originally called for, this gimmick forces the defense community to deal with the year-to-year uncertainty of an annual slush fund, rather than giving them a long term national security vision.

‘The cruel and short-sighted cuts in President Trump’s budget request are a roadmap to a sicker, weaker America, ‘ Pelosi said.

Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown said the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has helped protect, maintain, and restore Lake Erie’s chemical, biological, and physical integrity. Baker said he had just met recently with EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, who touted his support for the program.

Trump’s proposal for the fiscal year that begins October 1 also includes an additional $8.6 billion to build the planned U.S-Mexico border wall. In a system that rewards posing, we’re getting exactly what we want. “We’ll probably work very hard on increasing funding for ARPA-E”. Congress is expected to intervene to mitigate the worst of the cuts, however. “Congressional dynamics will mostly restrain requested domestic spending cuts and major changes to authorization language”, said Ed Mills, policy analyst at financial firm Raymond James in a research note.

But Trump’s own budget calculations show that reducing taxes and making heavy cuts to domestic programs doesn’t balance the budget (at least not for 15 years and not without some big assumptions). “If DOD supports, then we’ll be able to start construction”. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.).

The federal government also plans to cut farm program benefits from individuals with an adjusted gross income above $500,000 a year.

“It would be a cold day in hell before I helped pass a budget like this”, DeLauro said. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders held a media briefing a few hours after the budget was released to break it down.

Leading Democrats immediately rejected the proposal. The White House had to know after last year’s failure that this wasn’t going anywhere now that the GOP lost control of the House. Democrats panned Trump’s plan, while Republican appropriators declined to endorse it, saying they need to review it.

President Donald Trump in the Oval Office in Washington D.C. on Jan. 9 2019. Bloomberg

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