What’s in the White House Budget Request?

What’s in the White House Budget Request?

The NY Times offers a review of the 2019 fiscal budget outlined by the White House. This is mostly a political statement, with Congress having final say on the official budget. Highlights include a $195 billion dollar increase in military spending and a $131 billion dollar increase in non-defense spending. The White House proposal clashes with plans from Congress, with the biggest difference in non-defense spending. The Trump administration proposes cuts to domestic spending, an aggressive $3 trillion in proposed reductions. A 5% reduction for the Department of Education is also included. Additionally the president’s budget prohibits funding to abortion providers which is intended to cut government funding to Planned Parenthood. Lastly the president’s budget outlines cuts to the EPA by limiting lower priority programs, cuts to the State department funding by almost 26%, a healthcare overhaul and an increase in spending allocated to immigration enforcement. Overall these cuts and proposals are intended to save the taxpayer money.

Read the full breakdown of the White House budget request  here

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